Here’s something to put in the “we’re excited” file: The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens officially announced today the opening of its long-in-gestation transformation into a redesigned, expanded hot spot for New York cinema-lovers. Isn’t it about time we had something like this? According to the press release, the $67 million state-of-the-art new building, designed by architect Thomas Leeser, will be unveiled on January 15, 2011. Okay, so that gives us a lot of time to prepare, but we’ll need it for all the goodies they’ve got planned, which includes “Recovered Treasures,” six weeks of newly restored classics and contemporary films from around the world; experimental, interactive digital showcases; large-scale video installations and animations; a late-night party full of interactive art; an Alain Resnais series; a recurring Hitchcock series; an avant-garde retrospective; and way more. Don’t forget the most exciting part (to me, at least): the very cool-looking new 264-seat theater (see above). Read more about the project at indieWIRE.