Ziegfeld Theatre

141 West 54th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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Tinseltoes on June 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm

The Ziegfeld has closed again, but will re-open next week with the new “Spider Man” epic.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 14, 2012 at 3:58 pm

So with Snow White, Rock of Ages and soon The Dark Knight Rises, I guess the Ziegfeld is doing OK for the rest of the summer. Good to hear.

mhvbear on June 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm

“Dark Knight Rises” tickets at the Ziegfeld are now on sale.

Tinseltoes on June 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm

The Ziegfeld has apparently re-opened with “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Replacing it tomorrow (June 15th) will be “Rock of Ages,” according to posters displayed.

Giles on June 14, 2012 at 10:20 am

^ that New Jersey theater that is getting the Atmos auditorium for ‘Brave’ is AMC Garden State 16 by the way.

zoetmb on May 25, 2012 at 8:11 am

The problem is that when the Ziegfeld has tried to do revivals and festivals, no one shows up. But a lot of those festivals were for films that were originally released in 70mm 6-tk mag, but the prints the Ziegfeld got for the revival were 35mm optical and not necessarily in great condition. There have been relatively recent 70mm festivals in Los Angeles, occasionally in Seattle and more frequently in the UK and Europe. It would be great if the Ziegfeld did one. Last summer, the Seattle Cinerama played 70mm prints of West Side Story, Lawrence of Arabia and Cleopatra in addition to This Is Cinerama and How The West Was Won in the original 3-strip Cinerama.

The Bradford Cinema in the UK had a festival in April that in addition to Cinerama films played vintage 70mm prints of Ryan’s Daughter, Around The World in 80 Days, The Star Chamber and Black Rain. (Don’t know the condition of the prints though.)

I was hoping that that the theatre was closed to install the new Dolby Atmos sound system for the premiere of “Brave”. But I was at an AES seminar the other night and we were told that “Brave” will not be playing at any Manhattan theatre in that format (closest is NJ, but they didn’t name the theatre).

Some years back, Disney wanted to buy the Ziegfeld from Clearview, but Clearview wasn’t interested in selling. Wonder if Disney would still be interested if Clearview decided to close it? Losing the Ziegfeld would really be a big loss. It’s one of the few theatres I’m still willing to see a movie.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 23, 2012 at 10:48 am

A few years ago the Ziegfeld used to program classic films to play for weeks during their down times. I guess the one-night-only special screenings are the next best thing, especially since I recently saw two exceptional ones there (“Tommy” and “Yellow Submarine”).

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 23, 2012 at 10:40 am

It’s not unusual for THIS theater to close from time-to-time, I agree.

Mikeoaklandpark on May 23, 2012 at 9:53 am

Snow White and The Huntsman opens June 1 in digital.It has never been unusual for theaters to close for a few weeks. When I lived in NYC in the late 70’s and early 80’s they did it all the time.I remember they played New York New York from Memorial day weekend until the Thursday before labor day and than closed and had nothing for labor day weekend. They reopened a few weeks later.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm

If it’s in conjunction with the bluray release, moviebuff82, you can bet your house that it’ll be a digital presentation.

moviebuff82 on May 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Great movie. Wonder if its a dcp or a 35mm print? I found out via amazon.com that they’re showing it a day before the bluray debut. The bluray has a lot of special features as well as a music cd featuring the hit soundtrack by vangelis.

jw1968 on May 22, 2012 at 11:58 am

Also, a screening of Chariots of Fire on July 9th.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 22, 2012 at 8:06 am

Thanks, mhvbear. That is good news. Whether the movie is good or not, at least there’s a movie playing there.

mhvbear on May 22, 2012 at 7:54 am

Snow White and the Huntsman is the next film booked for June 1st.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 15, 2012 at 10:21 pm

The next time Clearview’s website has something showing at the Ziegfeld is a screening of Mommie Dearest, with special guest Lisa Lampanelli, on June 21st. Hard to believe, with all the summer blockbusters coming out between now and then, that the Ziegfeld won’t be showing any of them. Rock of Ages would be a perfect fit for the Ziegfeld.

MPol on May 15, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Oh, my god! Ouch! Even though I don’t live in NYC, or even in the NY-NJ-CT area, I sincerely hope that the Ziegfeld stays open. That’s a beautiful theatre! I saw a revival of the film version of West Side Story with my cousin there six years ago..and we both had a ball. It was a beautiful print, and everybody enjoyed themselves and had a lovely time, including me and my cousin.

bazookadave on May 14, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Just passed the Ziegfeld this morning and found the marquee empty and no posters up. I hope the theater is not closed. Can find no current showtimes for it at the Clearview site.

bigjoe59 on May 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm

i share Bill H.’s sentiment. Nov. of 1982 about 3 weeks before it opened the theater had a special screening of “Gandhi”. after the film was over director Richard Attenborough made an appearence and did a some q & a. at the end when people were leaving the theater i walked up to him thanked him for a wonderful film and shook his hand. i then said “i hope you have your Oscar speech for winning Best Director ready. he humbly replied "don’t you think that’s jumping the gun a bit?”. then he thanked me for wishing him well with the film.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 5, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Fantastic show. Beatles recordings never sounded better. I even got to shake hands with the film’s producer, Al Brodax.

A perfect demonstration of what makes the Ziegfeld such a special place.

RobertR on May 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm

SethLewis you are correct I fear many many of the Clearview houses would be deemed “not worth the trouble” to a new company. As soon as AMC bought out Loew’s/Cineplex they closed the Rockville Center which had a very high per screen average because it “was only a twin”.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 5, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I’m sitting in the front row of the Ziegfeld right now, waiting for Yellow Submarine to begin. There are lots of expectant Beatles fans behind me. NYC, we can’t let this beautiful theater die!

AlAlvarez on May 5, 2012 at 7:56 am

Although a few ArcLights would be nice, Manhattan is hardly underscreened. With 223 screens serving an audience that increasingly goes to see the same movie, even the Empire 25 is often showing less than ten films with some of the alternative films playing to empty seats.

SethLewis on May 5, 2012 at 3:44 am

If Cablevision is looking to sell off Clearview, our concerns should also range to the number of small community cinemas (lots of ex UA houses in there) that could be endangered too (Manhasset, Mt Kisco etc)

The Ziegfeld should be landmarked for purpose only but I like the idea of Disney buying it!

The reality is that Manhattan is badly underscreened and needs a couple of modern plexes like the ArcLight.

I grew up on the UES in the 60’s and 70’s in a lot of now defunct houses – the Tower East, Plaza, 68th St Playhouse, Fine Arts…and when we needed to cross town or head downtown the Symphony, Thalia, Regency, Lincoln Art, Embassy 72nd and 8th St Playhouse

CSWalczak on May 4, 2012 at 11:17 pm

The Wall Street Journal reported today that Cablevision has hired Citigroup to advise and coordinate the sale of Clearview Cinemas.

CSWalczak on May 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm

I think that the best answer to bigjoe59’s question is probably “Nobody knows at this point.” Like almost everyone else here, I hope for the best. But from an economic standpoint I do think there is reason for caution (leading, I would hope to organized watchdog/ preservation action), if not some pessimism.

IMHO, if Clearview is bought as a package by an entity other than a theater operator, then I think the theaters will be sold off as real estate. Even if it is a theater operator, the situation could be similar to the situation Landmark has been in for several years; it has been gradually divesting theaters it is no longer interested in orfind profitable, or the chain gives them up when the lease runs out (Landmark has been on the block for a couple of years too). It would be great if Robert Redford’s Sundance Cinemas might be interested, but all of theaters they hav acquired so far are multiplexes. I have read that Arclight is thinking of operating cinemas outside of California, but I would imagine they, like Sundance, wold only be interested if an addition to the theater could be built that would house multiple screens.

An acquisition by Disney might well be the theater’s best chance of survival as a large single screen cinema. As for landmarking, I don’t know; like Ed Solero, I’m not sure the Ziegfeld’s architecture is all that distinguished. And, worse, while a landmark designation certainly helps, it never has been an absolute guarantee of preservation (and acquiring or attempting landmarking to save theaters in NYC has, shall we say, not always been successful?). But landmarking sure could not hurt at this point; better now than later after a sale has gone through.