Ziegfeld Theatre

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

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Movieholic on January 21, 2016 at 10:45 am

I’m really sorry to hear this magnificent movie palace is closed but I can’t say I’m surprised. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to visit one last time before it closes its doors for good.

DARCYDT on January 21, 2016 at 9:49 am

I remember going there in 1980 for a sneak preview of “Altered States” in December. I went to the ticket window and the ticket seller said “Merry Christmas” and let me in free.

AdamBomb1701 on January 21, 2016 at 8:28 am

I’m saddened by the closing of the iconic Ziegfeld theater as well. I saw many movies there – “Earthquake” (in Sensurround), “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, the Neil Diamond “Jazz Singer”, “Raise The Titanic”, to name a few. One movie I did not see there was “Star Wars”. That movie did not play at the Ziegfeld during its initial 1977 run, despite a couple of people saying it did. “Star Wars” did play, for over a year, at Loew’s Astor Plaza. I should know, I saw it there.

cmbussmann on January 21, 2016 at 7:51 am

So sad the Ziegfeld is closing. Can’t say I’m surprised but it hurts none the less for knowing it was inevitable.

Saw a lot of movies here since moving to NYC and am glad I made the effort to do so. I feel like a lot of people took this place for granted.

R68Dtrain2500 on January 21, 2016 at 5:51 am

This is a damn shame this beautiful theater is officially closing down, My uncle God bless to his soul remembered see movies since he was a teenager, My uncle would be alive to save this theater and this theater will always be remembered and never be forgotten

markp on January 21, 2016 at 5:29 am

While this is very sad, I am so glad that I got to experience 70MM in this great venue one last time when I saw “Interstellar” there in 2014. It is a shame this beautiful theater is closing, but times and peoples habits have changed. As hdtv267 said above, people today go where the recliners and all the bells and whistles are. As much as I hate to admit it, my wife and I are guilty of the same thing. You will never be forgotten Ziegfeld Theatre.

longislandmovies on January 21, 2016 at 4:54 am

It gives me no joy that I was correct on this closing in 2016. The Ziegfeld can be proud of its rich history and excellence .

Myron on January 21, 2016 at 4:45 am

I am saddened about the Ziegfeld but we saw this coming. We saw many films there but the one I will remember is Close Encounters; we saw it twice. The Ziegfeld may be the last theatre in Manhattan which still uses a curtain; except for RCMH. At least it won’t be demolished like my all-time favorite, the Roxy.

xbs2034 on January 20, 2016 at 6:11 pm

What a bummer. Though I think we all knew this may be coming, so I’m glad I made an effort to go here as much as possible the last couple years.

ErikH on January 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm

While I am very sorry to hear this news, the closure of the Ziegfeld as a film theater has been in the cards for years, if not decades. It’s amazing that the Ziegfeld lasted for as long as it did; even in the 1970s the theater closed for weeks or months at a time due to lack of product.

It would be wonderful if the Ziegfeld came to a close with a reprise of its greatest hits, such as screenings of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “That’s Entertainment!,” “Ryan’s Daughter,” and “Gandhi” each in 70MM, “Tommy” in “Quintaphonic Sound,” “Cabaret,” “Barry Lyndon,” and “A Passage to India.” And don’t forget the restored “Lawrence of Arabia” (a huge hit that ran for months in 1989), “Vertigo” and “My Fair Lady” each in 70MM (kudos to the estimable Robert Harris and his colleagues for each of those restorations).

Ain’t gonna happen, of course. Thanks for the wonderful memories.

moviebuff82 on January 20, 2016 at 4:42 pm

i first heard it on facebook, hdtv267. Long live the Ziegfeld.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 21, 2015 at 1:00 pm

I’d like to hear some reports about the round-the-clock opening weekend of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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.