Ziegfeld Theatre

141 West 54th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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AlAlvarez on July 9, 2012 at 7:06 am

You should take everything from Fox News sources in stride. The Ziegfeld couldn’t loose over $1 million a year even if it remained closed all year. The math simply doesn’t add up.

The two theatres on 42nd street do lose more than that with their newer leases, but they are cash producing cows and that cash can be invested elsewhere before the bills have to get paid.

Myron on July 9, 2012 at 5:18 am

I was very upset as Fox News said that the Ziegfeld lost over $1 million last year and will have to close for good. This is the last movie palace in New York; the rest are tiny multiplexes. The Music Hall, of course, is a palace as well, but rarely shows films anymore. How sad; no more glamorous premieres in midtown. I already miss the Roxy and the other palaces which were demolished. Maybe this theter can get a landmark status but this takes a long time. Remember what happened to the elegant old Penn Station and the Roxy. The grandeur of the Ziegfeld will remain in my heart as a senior but the young will have no such memories. Sad!

wally 75
wally 75 on July 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Sorry should read {seemed ok not of }

wally 75
wally 75 on July 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Clearview aka Cablevision and throw in the mix Newsday, wants to sell Clearview…any takers? Clearview and Cable seemed of combo til' they bought Newsday..Lets hope the new owners take the OPT free movie night cards..

ZiegfeldMan on July 8, 2012 at 4:04 am

As the Ziegfeldman, I must comment that this entire NY Post article is totally based on conjecture.

“In addition to showing the latest blockbuster films, Clearview’s Ziegfeld Theatre is a landmark location for movie premieres and events,’’ Clearview said in a brief e-mail statement that didn’t address financial issues. “It is normal course of business for the theatre to be closed at certain times.”

We already know this. We’ve known it for years.

So, what does it take to keep a 1000 seat venue viable? Not enough movie premieres and not enough exclusive films (see above). But events, yes!!

I have been to the Ziegfeld for several Metropolitan Opera HD broadcasts, one of the most creative money-making things the Met ever came up with. And the Ziegfeld, to my ecstasy, was packed. At $25, a bargain.

We are in the era of Fathom events…and the Ziegfeld is a perfect venue. The Rolling Stones will tour in 2013. For my money, I would get a better view at the Ziegfeld, than at a stadium seat for much more money. Now, multiple that by all the EXCLUSIVE events that people would come to see. The market is there.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on July 8, 2012 at 3:17 am

I guess landmark status will be the only thing that can save the Ziegfeld now.

LLNYRN on July 8, 2012 at 1:41 am

Well, According to today’s NY POST, this does not look like good news…


I’ve gone to this theater since I was a kid. And it was one of the things I missed about New York when I moved away for a number of years.

The last film I saw there recently was “THE HUNGER GAMES”. This will a sad day for the New York Film community if this theater actually closes for good.

All the “money people” in this city who are film fans, And a few of them can’t even get together and save this theater?

ZiegfeldMan on June 29, 2012 at 8:10 am

Yes, if “The Amazing Spiderman” was a Ziegfeld exclusive and maybe one other theater (The Baronet?) like the old days, this conversation wouldn’t be happening. So it goes. With no disrespect to the Ziegfeld, which I love, I encourage you classics lovers (seen as the way “they were meant to be seen”) to trot over to Queens and see the glorious Museum of the Moving Image. They’re ongoing “See It Big” series is worth it in a fabulous state of the art setting. Here’s a link to the Summer series, it’s incredible. Many DCP-The “Ben-Hur” alone is astonishing. I saw it last September at NYFF.


Also, FYI-The Loew’s Kings project is alive and well. Construction begins the end of this year.

Best to all,


AlAlvarez on June 29, 2012 at 4:22 am

This theatre has always closed between bookings when the boxoffice did not meet the house nut. Only Cineplex Odeon kept it open all year round, no matter what and ate the loss.

mhvbear on June 29, 2012 at 12:53 am

Closed to the public but not dark. They have been hosting premiers this week including ‘The Amazing Spiderman’ last night.

Tinseltoes on June 28, 2012 at 10:03 am

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 12:58 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 10:51 am

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

Tinseltoes on June 14, 2012 at 10:38 am

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 7:20 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 5:11 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 7:48 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 7:40 am

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

Mikeoaklandpark on May 23, 2012 at 6:53 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 11:12 am

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 9:14 am

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 8:58 am

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

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 22, 2012 at 5:06 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 4:54 am

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

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 15, 2012 at 7:21 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.