Ziegfeld Theatre

141 West 54th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 24, 2015 at 8:18 pm

And how to push the button to close the frikkin curtain…

markp on June 24, 2015 at 12:05 pm

You can learn anything on the internet these days. But if you were like me, then you actually worked with the different formats. During my 39 years as a projectionist, I worked with 16, 35, and 70MM film, 15/70 IMAX, Digital. Aspect ratios of 1.37, 1.66, 1.75, 1.85, 2.25, 2.35, 2.55. Thats about all you need to know back then to put on a good show.

jomalley on June 23, 2015 at 9:54 pm

Hey moviebuff82 you seems to be very knowledgeable about formats and projection stuff. Wondering how you learned this?

moviebuff82 on June 23, 2015 at 4:22 pm

I hope star wars plays at this theater if the theater is still around…

StanMalone on June 23, 2015 at 10:10 am

Thank you Walter for that well written and informative comment. I am only occasional visitor to NYC but I used to work for Loew’s and Walter Reade so I enjoy following the comments for these NYC theatres. Although I am sure it was old news to New Yorkers I enjoyed the article in the Post that you linked to as well as a link in the article about some of the long gone NYC theatres.

Atlanta has done even worse than New York when it comes to plowing under its theatre history and replacing it with the slick megaplexes of today. One survivor which might be of interest to followers of this page is the old Martin Rialto which is almost an exact duplicate of the Ziegfeld. Since it was built in 1962 you could even say the Ziegfeld is a copy of the Rialto.


On the Rialto page are some photos from which anyone who has attended the Ziegfeld can see the resemblence. There are also photos of the Rialto today in its role as the performing arts center for Georgia State University.

bigjoe59 on June 22, 2015 at 9:48 pm


the main reason for the Ziegfeld’s often mentioned possible closing is its unprofitable status. but I find something even more fascinating. even if it was fairly profitable and met its weekly nut I am sure the land underneath it is wayyyyyyy more valuable than any $$$ the theater could possibly bring in. so I am surprised it hasn’t been sold for that very reason.

walterk on June 22, 2015 at 8:50 pm

Fears seem to stem from a statement made in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter by Cablevision CEO James Dolan this past April. Here’s the question and his answer:

Q: You run the Ziegfeld Theatre, which is said to be unprofitable. Are you going to close it?

A: Probably. Yeah. [It] loses a lot of money. The theater business is a tough business.

The link above is to an article about what Dolan said in the interview and was posted here over 2 months ago, not the interview itself. I will post a link to that if anybody asks, but this was the only mention of the Ziegfeld in that interview.

Cablevision was quick to issue a statement that said the Ziegfeld would remain open for the “foreseeable future”. Most take that to mean they are looking for somebody to take over the lease, which is reported to run till 2018. If they don’t… well, they can close it anytime they choose.

If they can’t find someone and continue to lose money till the lease is up, who will take it over and keep it a single screen? Endangered is a term that comes to mind when talking about the status of the Ziegfeld.

I found this article by NY Post film critic Lou Lumenick from April worth the read and perhaps some discussion of its content.

bigjoe59 on June 21, 2015 at 5:55 pm


when was the last report either online or in newspapers that this theater could actually close at anytime?

markp on June 21, 2015 at 1:00 pm

THeres got to be someone, anyone who has a love of cinema or a ton of money who could take this place over and keep it going like has happened in many other cities around the country. Christ, at this point I wish Tarantino would take it over. At least we know film would always be there.

xbs2034 on May 3, 2015 at 11:40 pm

Saw Avengers: Age of Ultron here on its opening Friday night: the middle section was nearly full, but the sides and the balcony mostly empty.

My friend (who either has never been to the Ziegfeld or not in years) also really liked the theater- certainly hope something is worked out so it can remain open.

JSA on April 16, 2015 at 12:22 am

No regular movies at Dolby in LA. Mostly live performances.


Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 15, 2015 at 6:08 pm

One booking change to this house I have notice is that they no longer hold their features forever; they seem to get a new picture every couple of weeks…

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 15, 2015 at 6:04 pm

Does the Dolby Theater in LA show movies on a regular basis?

RobertEndres on April 15, 2015 at 3:59 pm

As an alternative: How about Dolby taking over the Zieg as it did the former Kodak theatre in Los Angeles? The Dolby New York offices and two screening rooms are right across the Avenue of the Americas from the Ziegfeld, and it would be a nifty site for both a Dolby Atmos installation and the Dolby Vision projectors which use laser illumination.

moviebuff82 on April 15, 2015 at 2:13 pm

corporate synergy…

LuisV on April 15, 2015 at 2:07 pm

Agreed about Disney! We cannot lose this theater. I also don’t understand why this theater is not landmarked. It is a beautiful example of a 60’s Movie Palace, the last of its kind and should be preserved.

BobbyS on April 15, 2015 at 11:57 am

Great idea NYer about Disney taking over operations like the El Capitan in LA. It would put the Ziegfeld back on the map. Maybe you can write to someone about the posibility.

bigjoe59 on April 13, 2015 at 4:54 pm

to Mikeoaklandpark-

its funny you should mention the Paris since the Ziegfeld and the Paris are the only two single screen 1st run theaters left in Manhattan. and to answer your question as to why the Paris unlike the Ziegfeld still gets exclusive 1st runs. the Paris has always been an art house and has never to the best of my knowledge shown big studio type films. so while it has shown many prestigious award winning films, most recently The Imitation Game whatever films play at the Paris only get art house releases.

Mikeoaklandpark on April 13, 2015 at 4:29 pm

Big Joe I agree and wonder why The Paris can get mostly exclusive first run films but the Ziegfeld can’t

bigjoe59 on April 12, 2015 at 4:30 pm

to xbs2034-

I am dating myself but I can remember quite well when screenings at the Ziegfeld were close to capacity if not actually sold out. the reason this has not happened in years is simple- the Ziegfeld no longer gets exclusive runs of big studio film. the reason for the low attendance at this theater is that whatever big studio film is playing is also playing at 12 other theaters in Manhattan. it has nothing to do with the theater or the location.

NYer on April 12, 2015 at 3:53 pm

I know it’s a pipe dream but it would be wonderful if Disney took it over like they did the El Capitan in LA. Install a fabulous digital marquee that can be seen up and down the block. Still have other studio premieres there, but they could open their own pictures there exclusively for say two weeks before the other Manhattan multiplexes get it. Do shows and Disney film festivals. If it can work in LA with competing Graumann’s just across the street, it could work here.


xbs2034 on April 12, 2015 at 3:32 pm


The Hollywood Reporter stated that James Dolan is getting frustrated with it losing money, and it is in danger of closing again.

It would certainly be a sad day for me (I try and go as much as a I can, went to 5 films plus the premiere for The Imitation Game here last year, and would probably see Age of Ultron here if it plays the Ziegfeld) but true that it has been a long time since I’ve seen it anywhere near full for a regular screening.

Grandier on January 18, 2015 at 11:35 pm

I haven’t seen the curtains open at the Ziegfeld in years. I keep hoping it’s going to happen, and I catch 6-10 films a year there, but the curtains are always open when we walk in, even at the world premiere of Led Zeppelin’s movie with the band in attendance. Just a white screen.

LuisV on January 11, 2015 at 4:29 pm

Cablevision does NOT owns the site/building. It is owned by a billionaire whose name escapes me.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 10, 2015 at 9:31 pm

I don’t think Cablevision owns the actual building but has a long-term lease on the site.