Ziegfeld Theatre

141 W. 54th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on October 3, 2017 at 6:08 am

Many of the “premieres” were just glorified screenings for press and celebrities, since the movies played their actual engagements elsewhere. That was especially true during the Z’s final years.

xbs2034
xbs2034 on October 2, 2017 at 7:31 pm

Even when the Ziegfeld was the go to site for premieres, they were held all over the city. Certainly big halls like Alice Tully or Radio City are popular, as are other special venue sites, but some are held in multiplexes (AMC Lincoln Square is a popular choice for that with its large Loews regular screen and its IMAX)

RobertR
RobertR on October 2, 2017 at 3:08 pm

Where have NY premieres been held since the Ziegfeld closed?

xbs2034
xbs2034 on October 2, 2017 at 2:35 pm

I would check by once every couple months when I was by the space, and it looks like earnest progress is finally being made on the ballroom. I’ve seen full construction going on the last two times, and they now have a Ziegfeld Ballroom NYC banner hanging and a sign saying it is coming Fall 2017.

It obviously wouldn’t be the same, but I hope at least one end of the year release hosts a premiere there (those are done in hotel special events rooms sometimes, so this shouldn’t be that different).

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on September 7, 2017 at 2:14 pm

I had recently seen those renderings online. Inside, nothing appears in those renderings from the movie theater.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on September 7, 2017 at 1:47 pm

Preview renderings of the still unfinished but already “iconic” Ziegfeld Ballroom can be viewed here

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on September 7, 2017 at 1:46 pm

Preview renderings of the still unfinished but already “iconic” Ziegfeld Ballroom can be viewed [here] (https://ziegfeldballroom.com/renderings/)

LuisV
LuisV on August 26, 2017 at 8:58 am

I saw Grease at the Ziegfeld! I remember it clearly. The theatre was nearly full. I miss the Ziegfeld. :–(

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on August 25, 2017 at 6:32 pm

Grease opened at Loews State 1 Loews Orpheum and the New Amsterdam on 42nd St. The 70mm reissue did play the Ziegfeld

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on August 25, 2017 at 6:10 pm

Amen. This was the place to watch a movie. Also in 78, grease came out here and did quite well during opening weekend against Jaws 2.

dfc
dfc on August 17, 2017 at 12:17 pm

Saw ‘Close Encounters’ at the Ziegfeld in 1978. Still have the movie program somewhere. Fantastic theater compared to the dumps we had in Brooklyn.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 2, 2017 at 7:57 am

Even though this theater wasn’t THX-certified like others, it had the best screen and sound system in the area.

vindanpar
vindanpar on July 1, 2017 at 1:57 pm

New Orleans' Whorehouse. Yes, exactly! That’s hilarious.

By the way I read somewhere in an interview with George Cukor probably sometime during the 70s and he couldn’t understand the love people had for the movie palaces. He thought they were pretty tacky!

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on July 1, 2017 at 7:02 am

By “movie premieres,” I think they mean catering facilities for parties following “premieres” held elsewhere.

markp
markp on June 30, 2017 at 4:04 pm

I have to say the renderings have nothing of the old place left. I think its a real shame what its going to look like.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on June 30, 2017 at 3:53 pm

In those renderings, I don’t see anything from the Ziegfeld movie theater. Maybe the stairway is where it is, but nothing at all looks the same. Gutted. If it looks similar on the exterior, good! but we can forget about the interior.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 30, 2017 at 1:01 pm

There’s a stage in the diagrams, which is probably where the screen will be, but it looks like the seating will be individual tables and chairs. I guess I should just be grateful they didn’t tear the place down.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 30, 2017 at 11:42 am

Sounds interesting. I wonder if they’ll have new projection and recliner seats?

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 30, 2017 at 11:38 am

The Ziegfeld we knew and loved is gone, but here’s what they’re calling “the next act”. They mention movie premieres, so there must be a screening room somewhere in the building. Opens in the fall. Hope I get to go inside someday, but right now I don’t see how. Maybe they’ll have an off-hours tour for the general public?

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on June 30, 2017 at 5:15 am

Of course, I miss the Ziegfeld. In the Midtown area, there’s one other wonderful single theater still showing daily movies, the Paris, where I love to see movies. The marquee is always decorated with the movie title. There’s no multitude of black box auditoriums inside. There’s one wonderful auditorium with its balcony open, its curtains used, and 1st rate projection & surround sound. I hope people who miss moviegoing that’s not in a plex will attend the Paris!

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 30, 2017 at 1:02 am

Still hard to believe that the Ziegfeld is gone, along with almost all the other theaters vindanpar mentions (except Cinema I and II, I think). And in a city like New York. I wish NYC were more like Los Angeles in that regard.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 29, 2017 at 8:51 pm

I think the love really came when it was the only one left…

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 29, 2017 at 8:41 pm

By the way, the Cinema 1 & 2, Beekman, Little Carnegie and Baronet/Coronet always outgrossed it, so you may have a point there.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 29, 2017 at 8:24 pm

vindanpar, the opening was described as “NEW ORLEANS WHOREHOUSE”. The closing was called “CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR CRUSHED VELVET DECOR”. I loved the Ziegfeld.

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