Ziegfeld Theatre

141 West 54th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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moviebuff82 on May 12, 2013 at 7:45 am

i agree. The Ziegfeld is to the East Coast what the Chinese is to the West Coast for movie premieres.

Mikeoaklandpark on May 1, 2013 at 11:02 am

Live theater there would suck. Needs to stay a movei theater.

AlAlvarez on May 1, 2013 at 7:03 am

It has no stage, no back stage and no dressing rooms.

fred1 on May 1, 2013 at 6:52 am

Bow Tie will manage the theateras its own probaly to the end of its lease.It will be up to Cablevision to determed it fate . I can see it as a live theater venue like Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon theater for smaller acts.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 1, 2013 at 5:25 am

But the question is, will BowTie run the house for Cablevision as a regularly-scheduled movie theater?

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 1, 2013 at 5:07 am

Cablevision couldn’t fail to see how popular an event like the annual TCM Road to Hollywood has been at the Ziegfeld. Every seat gets filled. Granted, those shows are free, but I for one would’ve gladly paid for it and I think everyone else would too. Hold more events like that, and the Ziegfeld will have a fighting chance for survival.

Vito on May 1, 2013 at 3:45 am

It is my understanding that although The Ziegfeld will not be acquired by Bow Tie the company will manage the Theatre on Cablevision’s behalf. If that is correct why do so many of you feel the theatre will close or am I missing something?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 30, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Well, Cablevision hasn’t done too badly by the Music Hall, MSG and its theater, and the Beacon, so maybe isn’t all bad news…

Mikeoaklandpark on April 30, 2013 at 11:50 am

This is very sad news. The Ziegfeld should be their flagship theater. UGH

longislandmovies on April 30, 2013 at 11:23 am

It does not look good…..

fred1 on April 30, 2013 at 11:19 am

If Bow tie included the Ziegfeld in its purchase it will drain them but Bow tie will manage the theater until Cablevision decide what to do with it. Closing will be in about 6 weeks

longislandmovies on April 30, 2013 at 10:56 am

This is not good news for the Ziggy that it is not included in the sale to Bow Tie, it’s days are numbered …

Mediatwin on March 17, 2013 at 3:57 pm

My all-time favourite movie theatre. I wrote about it on my blog

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on February 11, 2013 at 9:58 am

Ed: I know, right? Almost like it was submitted to the paper by a Stanley Kubrick impostor.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 10, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Wow, Bill. Knowing what we do about Kubrick’s reticence to discuss and analyze the meaning behind his work, that is quite a remarkable synopsis he offered up!

Vito on February 9, 2013 at 2:30 am

Yes Stan “Fiddler” played with a 70mm blow up print at the Rivoli. I was workong on Long Island at the time and we played the picture day and date at both the Syosset and Five Towns theates in 35mm. The Syosset ran a 35mm print with a magnetic four track print and the Five Towns ran a 35mm print with an optical/mono print. Sorry for the confussion.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on February 8, 2013 at 6:05 pm

This letter to the Times was written by the future producer of “Airplane!” and “Robocop”. He blames MGM for the shortening of “2001” and the addition of the title cards, but all those decisions were made by Kubrick.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on February 8, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Talk about a spoiler alert. This article in the 4/28/68 NY Times supposedly quotes Stanley Kubrick as he gives away the entire ending of “2001”, explaining it for those in the audience who found it hard to understand. Hard to believe he would do that.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on February 8, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Reserved seat engagements were so common in 1968 that here’s an advance order form for a movie before its theater had even been booked. It wound up being the opening attraction at Loew’s State 2.

StanMalone on February 8, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Reade owned the US rights to War and Peace. In Atlanta we ran it as a midnight show in August 1972 and March 1973. Intermission at 3AM, out at 6:30AM. Included in the ticket was breakfast at the coffee house across the street for anyone who made to the end. 23 reels if I remember correctly.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on February 8, 2013 at 5:10 pm

April 28, 1968 ad for War and Peace at the DeMille. Loge seats were $7.50, surely a record high price at the time, but it was for a two-part, 6 ½ hour movie.

bigjoe59 on February 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm

To Al A.–

thank for mentioning the two/three a day reserved seat engagement of TLTIP at the Trans Lux East.i had forgotten about it. it was always my opinion that United Artists opened the film on such an engagement to give it prestige. such a engagement was certainly not mandated by the cost of making the film.

also thanks about the “party room” mention on ticket order forms for the Demille’s roadshow runs. i can swear i remember seeing “divans” on its ticket order forms. oh, well. i was maybe 99% certain.

AlAlvarez on February 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm

The DeMille did not advertise Divans but they had ‘party room’ seats for “THE SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN”.

The last true extended reserved seat two or three a day run I have found in NYC is “LAST TANGO IN PARIS” at the Trans-Lux East (Gotham).

dennisczimmerman on February 8, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I am pretty sure Divans is another word for loge. Most roadshow theatres named the seating – orchestra, loge, and balcony. I see in the ad for 2001 at the Capitol they list orchester, divans, and balcony. The loge or divans were the front section of the balcony. Most balconys have a “cross aisle” so the section in front of the aisle closet to the screen was either the loge or divan section. If you notice, the price of that seat location is the highest. The section behind the idea was considered balcony and the cheapest seats. In some theatres the orchestra and loge/divan were priced the same. However, that was not always the case. “2001” at the Capitol was an experience I will always remember. I saw it a second time when it moved over to the Warner Cinerama (downstairs theatre). Although it was still an experience, it was not the same. Of course it is still better than the experience of movie going today. There was nothing like seeing “Presented in Cinerama or 70MM or Super Panavision 70 in the advertisement. Now they advertise wall to wall screens, which in a "shoe box” is not exactly a big deal!!!