Ziegfeld Theatre

141 West 54th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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KingBiscuits on November 25, 2012 at 7:20 am

Les Miserables is set to open wide. And even with the Oscar buzz, it simply looks like another Phantom of the Opera (also, will the musical crowd go for one shot on handhelds?).

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on November 25, 2012 at 6:09 am

If Les Miserables is going to be exclusive at the Ziegfeld, like Chicago and Dreamgirls were a few years ago, there will be lots of full houses.

moviebuff82 on November 25, 2012 at 5:54 am

I agree markp. The only times when the ziegfeld gets crowded are the movie premieres usually covered by the mainstream media. 35 years and one week ago, Close Encounters of the Third Kind had its world premiere in 70mm six track Dolby Stereo, being the first Spielberg film to play there. It was a huge success.

markp on November 25, 2012 at 5:43 am

Not to be a kill joy by any means, but mhvbear’s comment is exactly the reason why theatres like the Ziegfeld are in danger of going away forever. Brand new movie, just released a few days ago, and less than 100 people in an 1100+ seat theatre.

mhvbear on November 24, 2012 at 10:14 am

Saw ‘Life of Pi’ at the 12:30 PM show at the Ziegfeld on Friday. Less than 100 people were there. The presentation was excellent as I always have experienced there. If the sound of the trailer for ‘Les Miserables’ is any indication how the film will sound at the Ziegfeld it will be very impressive. Great bass that you could almost feel, especially the sound of the waves.

moviebuff82 on November 24, 2012 at 8:53 am

Life of Pi is now playing in 3d. The most recent UFC fight was streamed live via sattelite last week at this theater.

moviebuff82 on November 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm


Mikeoaklandpark on November 8, 2012 at 11:02 am

To my knowledge Lincoln was not filmed in 70MM

KingBiscuits on November 7, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Lincoln is only on 35mm and digital.

raysson on November 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm

I heard Steven Spielburg’s LINCOLN will be playing at this theatre. Will this get the 70MM treatment?

Tom Brennan
Tom Brennan on November 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I wanted to see if Skyfall was going to be showing at the Ziegfeld, and I am shocked to find out that they won’t be. This marks the first time that a Bond film has not opened at a premiere single screen theater in New York City. The Astor Plaza was Bond central through 2002… Very sad.

CSWalczak on November 4, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Only time will tell of course, but if the current naming system being used by Digiplex holds in the event of an acquisition, the Ziegfield would probably become the Digiplex Ziegfeld on its website, in directories (online and elsewhere), and in advertising, but not with regard to the theater’s external signage.

moviebuff82 on November 4, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Probably yes. Currently Argo is playing at the Z. Great movie. What’s the next film to play? BTW, if Digiplex indeed buys Clearview, expect shares of Cablevision to fall like stuttering picture and sound and that of Digiplex to rise….if they buy Clearview will the name change?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 4, 2012 at 6:07 pm

70mm is the size of the film, not the size of the screen, which should make for aharper image. I wonder if the distributor is charging the exhibitor extra for the special print.

John Fink
John Fink on November 4, 2012 at 9:58 am

I don’t know if DigPlex improves theaters apart from digital projection – Clearview is such a mixed bag of good and awful locations. Maybe they could partner up with Bow Tie, who I also think has a likely candidate to take over Clearview and split up the chain accordingly. Alternative content probably would be a benefit for the Ziegfeld which is a premiere house managed by one the worst theatre chains. I do like Bud Mayo’s ideas including his proactive approach to indie films (I’m not sure what the audiences are like for them, but they’re doing it in a low risk way).

curmudgeon on November 4, 2012 at 9:53 am

Interested to know if the Ziegfeld, or indeed, any other venue screening a 70mm print is ripping off audiences like here in Australia. both Astor theatre in Melbourne and Hayden Orpheum in Sydney charging increased prices for 70mm screenings of The Master. Considering the 70mm is only a 1.85 ratio, no younger audience will even notice a difference. Yes, we used to pay a slight (note: “slight”) increase for 70mm in the past, but at least we got “Roadshow” programming with reserved seating, and all the bells and whistles of true showmanship.

CSWalczak on November 3, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Bloomberg.com is reporting that Digital Cinema Destinations, headed by Bud Mayo, is considering making a bid for the Clearview theaters, especially if a partner can be found. Mayo founded Clearview in 1994, selling it to Cablevision five years later. This article seems to suggest that some locations would be sold off while others would be given digital and other upgrades and that more diversified programming would be offered.

John Fink
John Fink on October 8, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Markp – they did call to apologize today after I submitted a feedback form that appeared in my email this morning. A GM or DM offered free passes (something the manager did not do for those 6 folks that hung around to complain about the light on last night).

I refused to take them up on the offer, telling him that Clearview should be ashamed at their presentation standards circuit-wide – – especially at Kin-Mall and Montclair. I really do hope they are sold to a good exhibitor (in a perfect world they’d be split amongst several good exhibitors whose business models fit each property). Digital in some respects may fix these issues, if they mount a projector and go “boothless” in a few auditoriums that have issues, they can fix the awful keystoning.

markp on October 8, 2012 at 8:37 am

Yup. Thats the Clearview I know, (and use to work for).

John Fink
John Fink on October 7, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I saw The Master tonight in 70MM and wish I could say it was an excellent screening – – leave it to Clearview to screw up the premiere movie house in NYC.

They have an anti-piracy system that had malfunctioned, it essentially is a blue searchlight that sits atop the screen, stage right that scans theatre for anyone cam-cordering the film EVERY 2 MINUTES. So every two minutes I was taken out of the immersive experience of 70MM with a blue light in my face for a few seconds. According the manager it was a malfunctioning system, but still – WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS. How often does it shine a blue light in the audience (and it projected it up to the top levels of back of the theatre, like a search light) when it functions correctly. Once is even too often.

Way to prevent piracy – by making the full price experience unwatchable. I will be writing a letter to Clearview’s corporate office and sending a copy to the MPAA.

HowardBHaas on September 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I just received (from the AFI Silver in DC) an email invite for the US premiere for The Hobbit at the Ziegfeld, to benefit the AFI, at 7 PM on December 6 for only $500 a ticket! (not for me).As to “The Master” surround, I had seen Bourne Legacy a few weeks before, here, and that movie had booming surround whereas not for The Master.

AlAlvarez on September 27, 2012 at 6:40 am

CConnolly1, you are not wrong but it has been there for 43 years and the neighborhood has not changed. In fact it has somewhat improved with more hotels and less porn.

atb on September 27, 2012 at 5:54 am

Anyone else see “The Master” at the Ziegfeld and notice the “no surround sound” issue (see Howard Haas post)? I would be nothing short of stunned to here that the surrounds were off and the presentation was anything less than perfect.

CConnolly1 on September 27, 2012 at 4:50 am

I hope the articles in the NY papers don’t spell the end for the Ziegfeld. It might’ve been mentioned before but its location doesn’t help it. It’s considerably far north of the Times Square area, smack in the middle of what is now (and has been) mostly a neighborhood populated by large office buildings and is situated right in the middle of 54th Street. Stroll up and down 6th or 7th Avenues and you’d really never know it was there. Am I wrong?

cmbussmann on September 25, 2012 at 7:56 am

Saw The Master here on Friday in 70mm and the presentation was absolutely stunning! I am so grateful to The Ziegfeld for truly paying attention to the details: a staff member welcomed us to the theater and stated this was a special presentation. They also handed out comment cards after the show.

Having never seen 70mm before, I was blown-away by how crisp and beautiful it was. The movie itself was pretty good too.