Ziegfeld Theatre

141 West 54th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 19, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Here is for comparison a sample of some of the highly-anticipated films from the spring and summer of 1977 followed by the opening-week number of engagements for each: “A Bridge Too Far” (400+), “The Deep” (800+), “Exorcist II: The Heretic” (700+), “New York, New York” (400+), “Orca” (700+), “The Other Side Of Midnight” (500+), “Rollercoaster” (400+), “Smokey And The Bandit” (300+), and “The Spy Who Loved Me” (200+).

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 19, 2015 at 3:33 pm

Star Wars is a post-Jaws release so it did not have months of exclusive runs. Opening May 25, 1977 the first weekend was 43 national engagements, a few more were added in the next weeks, and 100 new theaters were added in the fourth week. By August and September there were just over 1,000 theaters showing it.

Interesting site with a lot of detail here.

RobertR on November 19, 2015 at 8:15 am

4 week commitment seems a joke now. In the old days a movie like Star Wars played for months before it even went second and third run.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 12, 2015 at 2:07 pm

Plus, the Paris and City Cinemas have bargain matinees.

HowardBHaas on November 12, 2015 at 1:37 pm

I saw Hamlet in 70mm in 1996 at the Paris. I’d be happy to see The Hateful Eight there. It is the same movie operator as the nearby City Cinemas 1,2,3 which showed Interstellar in 70mm when the Ziegfeld also had it. Weinstein’s company is setting up 70mm projectors……

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on November 12, 2015 at 1:13 pm

The Paris showed “Lawrence of Arabia” in 70mm in the ‘90’s. Don’t know if they still have that equipment, though. Small screen too, compared to the Ziegfeld.

JeffS on November 12, 2015 at 8:23 am

According to the article in the NY Times yesterday “The Weinstein Company plans to release a full list of theaters Thursday or Friday”.

theatrefan on November 12, 2015 at 8:15 am

Who else still has 70mm film capability to show “Hateful Eight” in NYC, the Cinema 1,2,3 & Village East? Did AMC keep the 70mm projector equipment in the Loews Auditorium at Lincoln Square?

longislandmovies on November 12, 2015 at 12:28 am

And it must run 4 times a day …

movieguy on November 12, 2015 at 12:06 am

Yes no hateful eight at the Ziegfeld. I confirmed this with management. The only reason you can’t buy tickets past the 24th is Just something technical. They will fix it for ticket sales closer to the 22nd . Yes all theaters have to keep Star Wars for one month.

longislandmovies on November 11, 2015 at 10:08 pm

There is a 4 week minimum on the new Star Wars !

xbs2034 on November 11, 2015 at 9:20 pm

Typically theaters are required to agree to two week minimum runs when they book a film from major studios. So while possible there was an agreement worked out (we’ll know for sure soon as word is the H8 70mm locations are going to be announced in next couple days), my guess is H8 will not play here, except maybe as a DCP when it goes wide in January.

NYer on November 11, 2015 at 8:49 pm

Hooray for “Star Wars” at The Ziegfeld! I always go to the Zig on New Years Eve day but they are only selling tickets now until Christmas Eve, which means they are probably showing “The Hateful Eight” on Xmas day. Unfortunately, from the trailer, it looks dreadful and I’m afraid I will, after twenty years, be missing their Christmas show.

joemasher on November 11, 2015 at 3:57 pm

We will have shows around the clock from Thu 12/17 at 7PM right through until Sunday night! 24 hours! Tickets at www.bowtiecinemas.com.

Mikeoaklandpark on November 11, 2015 at 2:06 pm

Sold out at the Ziegfeld awesome news Howard.

movieguy on November 11, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Fantastic to see that Bond 007 shows opening weekend we’re close to sold out at the mighty ZIG!! Just what the old girl needed WILL by tix for Star Wars ASAP

HowardBHaas on November 11, 2015 at 12:42 pm

I’ve confirmed that the Star War screenings will be all 3 D. The film will be showcased in that format.

HowardBHaas on November 11, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Opening weekend (Nov 6-7) 7 PM shows of Spectre nearly sold out so expect a great audience for Star Wars. The Ziegfeld in past years has always done well with Star War movies! As to Star Wars, it will be 3 D digital. I don’t know for sure for this one, but usually the Ziegfeld does all 3 D rather than the 2 D version.

moviebuff82 on November 11, 2015 at 12:26 pm

hallelujah!!! Will they show it in 3d as well as 2d versions?

joemasher on November 11, 2015 at 10:41 am

We are putting “STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS” tickets on sale today for The Ziegfeld! It starts 12/18, with advance shows beginning Thursday evening, 12/17! www.bowtiecinemas.com.

ziegfeldquestions on November 9, 2015 at 10:25 am

my limited understanding is that the Ziegfeld currently has a Dolby 7.1 version that is the previous generation’s technology, i.e. one generation back. the current generation, while it is still 7.1, has a new processor. i don’t really know what that means and its ramifications though.

may i ask if anyone else can pitch in with more technical knowledge please? thanks.

bigjoe59 on November 8, 2015 at 1:21 pm


from this theater’s Dec. 1969 opening over the next 25? years whenever a big studio film had its exclusive Manhattan engagement here the Ziegfeld in many cases played the film along with two UA theaters. one was on Long Island and the other was in New Jersey. are both of those theaters still in operation?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 3, 2015 at 10:51 am

Seemingly, not too many people know anything about this classic theater’s sound system.

Ziggy, welcome to CT, but you’ve only been here one day. You’d be surprised at how much an awful lot of people around here know about things.

ziegfeldquestions on November 3, 2015 at 10:31 am

Well, actually, i only say it is 4K projection due to the previous comment poster! i do not know how he got confirmation of it being 4K. i took his word for it – he posted just this morning after i asked my question.

Also: at least you saw it was 7.1 Dolby due to a screen logo announcement prior to a movie! Seemingly, not too many people know anything about this classic theater’s sound system. Kind of hard to believe … one would think it is a well-known fact for those who are interested or cared to ask.

Wonder if it’s a really good sound system, why they won’t publicize it?

xbs2034 on November 3, 2015 at 9:50 am

Their sound system is Dolby 7.1 (clearly more modern as 7.1 sound I think first debuted in 2010), I’ve seen an animated logo for it before their films.

Like their sound, projection is also great, figured it was 4K but good to have that confirmed (theaters rarely distinguish between 4K and 2K digital projection in their marketing from what I’ve seen).