Ziegfeld Theatre

141 West 54th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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VincentParisi
VincentParisi on September 9, 2005 at 4:48 am

totoro do you work for the Ziegfeld?
Then why do the people who run the place treat it just like another screening room in a multiplex? What is the point? Shouldn’t they just tear it down and build another office or lux condo building?
Or else treat it like a special event movie theater. Put in a larger curved screen, use it for 70mm special events and show contemporary films as one can see them no where else like the Cinerama Dome in LA.
What is it that I’m missing here?

chibitotoro
chibitotoro on September 5, 2005 at 3:38 pm

Yeah, The Baxter pretty much killed us at the Ziegfeld. As far as I know, the theater is going to be closing down for a little while soon, except for a couple premieres and special functions, then will reopen with Flightplan on the 23rd. I think.

bob2682
bob2682 on September 4, 2005 at 12:46 pm

Cablevision owns both Clearview Cinemas and IFC, so The Baxter will continue to run at the Ziegfeld for a while.

Forrest136
Forrest136 on September 3, 2005 at 1:53 am

Labor Day weekend the perfect time to go to the Movies, and this great theatre is still showing The Baxter? The place must be empty! Clearview wake up!

VincentParisi
VincentParisi on August 30, 2005 at 10:31 am

Only one is a genuine 70mm film but Sweet Charity, Chips and Sixpence I think are 3 very underrated films and certainly deserving of a reevalution with a roadshow type presentation.
Well this past year I was hoping for 70mm anniversary presentations of Lady and SOM but neither came to pass.
I’m still waiting for a cinephile like Scorsese who has a passion for widesceen films to join in the fray and begin to raise funds for a desperately needed widescreen museum. Just lets make it a real one. 50 ft just doesn’t cut it.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 30, 2005 at 8:28 am

Forrest, you have selected some of the worst 70mm musicals ever made; it was over-produced, lumbering dinosaurs like these that helped close some of our best picture palaces. Audences didn’t come to see these movies then, and they won’t come now.

That said, I do agree that a well booked and promoted 70mm fesival is a great idea; any well-selected and well-advertised fesival would help fill the seats in this last example of a New York showplace.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 30, 2005 at 8:03 am

Forrest, you’ve picked some of the worst examples of 70mm musicals, or any 70mm films for that matter; it was these over-produced, bloated spectacles that helped close some of our best picture palaces. Nobody came to see these movies on their original release, and no one will come see them now.

But I do agree that a 70mm festival, or any decently booked and promoted festival, would help fill some seats here.

Forrest136
Forrest136 on August 30, 2005 at 4:53 am

Imagine seeing “Sweet Charity” , “Goodbye Mr. Chips”, “Finians Rainbow”, “STAR!”,or “Half A Sixpence” again in 70mm complete with Overtute Entra Act and Exit Music again!

Forrest136
Forrest136 on August 30, 2005 at 4:53 am

Imagine seeing “Sweet Charity” , “Goodbye Mr. Chips”, “Finians Rainbow”, “STAR!”,or “Half A Sixpence” again in 70mm complete with Overtute Entra Act and Exit Music again!

Forrest136
Forrest136 on August 30, 2005 at 4:52 am

Imagine seeing “Sweet Charity” , “Goodbye Mr. Chips”, “Finians Rainbow”, “SATR!”,or “Half A Sixpence” again in 70mm complete with Overtute Entra Act and Exit Music again!

Coate
Coate on August 30, 2005 at 4:49 am

“We’ll probably never see a 70MM classic on the big screen again (unless we go to England)”…or L.A. Thank you American Cinematheque!

ErikH
ErikH on August 30, 2005 at 4:30 am

The Ziegfeld has shown revivals during the late summer/early fall period when quality first run films are often scarce. “Funny Girl” was playing at the Ziegfeld on 9/11 (I remember walking by the Ziegfeld on my way home from the office on that terrible day) and “The Way We Were” was revived during a similar time frame in 2003. I passed on “Funny Girl” but went to a sparsely attended weekend screening of “The Way We Were.”

If Clearview is considering booking a revivial at the Ziegfeld during the upcoming slow season, why not take a chance on a non-Streisand film this time?

umbaba
umbaba on August 30, 2005 at 3:45 am

In regards to above postings it all goes back to what we originally said. The people in charge of these theaters are NOT movie pople, just corporate hacks. We’ll probably never see a 70MM classic on the big screen again (unless we go to England)

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 29, 2005 at 7:16 am

Vincent’s idea about making the Ziegfeld into an East Coast American Cinematheque is so logical. How can we get the Clearview executives to read these posts? Right now the Ziegfeld is going to waste and it’s really sad. Remember back in 1996 when “Vertigo” played there to big crowds for weeks? A Friday night show I attended a couple of weeks into the run was a complete sellout. Forget stuff like “The Baxter”: the Ziegfeld would be the perfect home for classic movies. We can all see it – why can’t Clearview?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 29, 2005 at 6:22 am

Clearview has booked a string of bombs in this place recently…The Island, The Great Raid, and now The Baxter. Over 1100 empty seats at each performance. Good Lord!

br91975
br91975 on August 29, 2005 at 6:10 am

‘The Baxter’, the IFC Films release booked exclusively into 47 Clearview Cinemas properties, including the Ziegfeld, experienced a near-total flameout this past weekend, grossing an estimated $37,708 for a per-screen average of $802. Almost needless to say, I think Clearview overestimated what they had on their hands, especially with ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’ and ‘Wedding Crashers’ as competition.

VincentParisi
VincentParisi on August 29, 2005 at 5:54 am

Well they maybe have to start thinking in terms of showmanship again if they want to start bringing people back into movie theaters. With movie companies considering releasing films simultaneously on DVD’s why in the world should anyone go to a theater when you make up for the(relatively) larger screen in the comfort and convenience of your own home. The audience that was collectively enthralled by a new film is a thing of the past.
Maybe cinema as a public experience is about to become as extinct as vaudeville.

Vito
Vito on August 29, 2005 at 5:30 am

Well thanks Bill, ya know this business just gets into your blood and becomes a very important part of your life, I think Rob Endres would agree.

Vito
Vito on August 29, 2005 at 5:22 am

Vincent I think more theatre owners haver got to begin thinking the way we do. With attendance numbers decreasing, they must find ways to bring em back to the theatres. God knows we have the resources to equip the theatre with mind blowing “Super Projection” on giant screens with better sound than they can generate at home. Other problems I hear about all the time stem from the rudeness of many theatre goers, everything from ringing cell phones to crying babies has got to be addressed, Then there is the problem of DVDs, Of course the studios make a fortune on the DVD sales, but it hurts theatre owners when the DVD is available so soon after the movies release, the talk now is to shorten the window between release of films and DVDs. We can give them what they can’t get at home, it’s time we started doing that,IMAX is a step in the right direction.
Multiplex’s are here to stay but there has to movie theatres as well, tear down those 100 seat screening rooms being called theatres today.

theatres and DVDs.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 29, 2005 at 5:12 am

Vito: your love for your profession was never more apparent than when you talked about the IMAX prints loving the high humidity, as if they were alive. Guys like you and Rob Endres belong in the Projectionists Hall of Fame.

VincentParisi
VincentParisi on August 29, 2005 at 4:21 am

So why doesn’t the Clearview make the Ziegfeld a real presentation house and install a real 140 degree curved 80 ft screen which would be adaptable to show everything from 1:85 to panavision to 70MM like the old times Square houses. Thereby utilizing the theater a lot more than it is being used now and garnering a lot of publicity for itself. The way theaters used to years ago when they were modernized.
Now its just being used as another screening room along with all the other multiplexes in Manhattan.
Maybe this can be the East Coast American Cinemateque.

Vito
Vito on August 29, 2005 at 1:21 am

Michael,
I had not visited the site in a while, happy to see you have included IMAX. The format is growing, many young people have never seen a true 70mm movie and are loving it. At National Amusements Cinema Delux in White Plains New York we are splitting three IMAX movies over the course of the day. Charlie, Batman, and Nascar, all are very popular. The format continues to improve with new and more user friendly software, many of the bugs have been worked out and the technical support is first rate. The prints are holding up very well, we have found keeping a high humidity level in the booth has made a big difference, we keep the booth like a rain forest and the prints love it. Oh and I promise to visit the website more often.

Coate
Coate on August 28, 2005 at 5:29 pm

Vito,
Surf the site; we do have some IMAX content posted. What kind of list were you thinking of?

Vito
Vito on August 28, 2005 at 12:55 am

Michael, Since IMAX is a 70mm format, I think it may be time to start an IMAX listing on your website, it may be the only 70mm we will see for a long time.

Vito
Vito on August 28, 2005 at 12:50 am

Dennis, the IMAX theatres are gaining momentium, National Amusements has plans to incorporate an IMAX theatre in future locations. When a movie like “Batman Begins” or “Charlie” plays in IMAX, people will go out of the way to see it in the IMAX version rather than the 35mm.
Warners is very hot on the idea and has plans for more releases, the new Harry Potter will be shown in IMAX in November and Lucas is planning an IMAX release of all the “Star Wars” films. I would love to see “2001” in IMAX as well.