Ziegfeld Theatre

141 West 54th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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umbaba
umbaba on September 10, 2005 at 3:00 am

Question: When did the Ziegfeld put in a smaller screen…and WHY??? I remember seeing “Apocalypse Now” and others on what I thought was one of the largest screens I ever saw…until I went to the Astor Plaza (now closed)

VincentParisi
VincentParisi on September 9, 2005 at 9:08 am

Sorry their should be they’re. See how angry theive gotten me.

Vito
Vito on September 9, 2005 at 9:06 am

It’s closed at the moment. They have at least for now put it out of it’s misery

VincentParisi
VincentParisi on September 9, 2005 at 9:06 am

Vito I have found in life to my chargrin that when people seem as if they have no reason or plan they usually have no reason or plan. They really DON’T know what their doing.
Of course they really could be waiting for the right condo or office deal.

hardbop
hardbop on September 9, 2005 at 8:59 am

On my way to MoMA the last couple of nights (why isn’t there a listing for that legendary venue?) and THE BAXTER is on the marquee, but the theatre is dark. I think the Ziegfeld’s days are numbered. Theatres that large are anachronisms, unfortunately.

justme
justme on September 9, 2005 at 7:00 am

Anyone know if (when) RENT will be playing at Ziegfeld?

Vito
Vito on September 9, 2005 at 6:31 am

Good question Vincent, just what the heck is going on with that theatre? What they are doing has to have a reason or a plan of some kind. Clearly they aren’t that stupid as to run the theatre the way they do. It’s really irritating.

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.