Ziegfeld Theatre

141 West 54th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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Vito on November 23, 2005 at 3:35 am

Vincent make a very good point, most theatre owners and studio bosses would agree, todays movie prices are in line with the rising cost of just about everything today. Of course, some of my friends still scold me for the cost of tickets like it’s my fault.
Movie passes make great stocking stuffers!

chconnol on November 23, 2005 at 2:36 am

$12.50, eh? I remember my Mother being shocked, SHOCKED going to see “Rocky” at the big, old, grand Lynbrook theater and having to shell out a whopping $4.00.

VincentParisi on November 22, 2005 at 11:14 am

Well 12.50 for an exclusive engagement reserved seat is an absolute bargain. Remember My Fair Lady at the Criterion was $5.50 for the mezz in ‘64. That would without exageration would be close to $50 today(and if I could see that or Lawrence in 70mm today at the Criterion I’d pay it without blinking an eye.)
After all this was close to half the price of a top ticket to Dolly of Fiddler at the time and when you consider that tickets to musicals are $110 today it makes sense.
But then most seats in the orchestra today are premium prices which range from $250 to $500.
So if you wanted to sell a premium seat to a road show film this would cost you over $100. After all premium seating is simply legalized scalping.
$12.50 at the Ziegfeld in today’s loony pricing scheme when you come down to it is dirt cheap.

Vito on November 22, 2005 at 6:36 am

Ed, I second that, both screenigs I attended of The Producers had audiences going wild. Rent is another holiday must see. Going to see King Kong in two weeks, all three hours of it, hopefully it won’t be dissapointing. With Harry Potter raking in over 100 mill last weekend, my industry friends are telling me the holiday movie season is off to a great start. By the way, did you get a chance to meet Mel Brooks at one of the Producers screenings? he attended both of the ones I attended and was very gracious and a real cut up.

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on November 22, 2005 at 4:29 am

Well, I’ve seen Rent and The Producers, and both films are extremely entertaining. The Ziegfeld will be a glorious place to experience both.

chconnol on November 22, 2005 at 2:47 am

“The Producers” looks terrible and so does “Rent”. With a past loaded with great musicals, why the HELL can’t someone get it right? The arguement is that todays “kids” won’t believe the musical the way it used to be presented. WRONG. Kids by the millions watch non stop musicals all day on MTV and it’s various channels.

Pauline Kael once said in the late 60’s that the time then was ripe to create more musicals with the present (then) rock stars like Janis Joplin. That’s what made the musicals of the 30s, 40s and 50s successful: they were populated with the top recording artists of the day (Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, Crosby et. al.). That’s what the studios could do: setup a musical with one or many of today’s contemporary recording artists. This would probably not appeal to some of the older generation on this site (sorry…I do NOT mean this at all as an insult but it’s the truth…you’re not going to see or even want to see the likes of Britney Spears, Sheryl Crowe or a Justin Timberlake crooning a 50s ditty).

The studios lack the creative nerve to do something like this. If someone took the dare to create a really good musical, it would be a blockbuster. Christ, look at “Purple Rain” back in 1984. Maybe not everyone’s cup of tea but it was pretty good.

Forrest136 on November 21, 2005 at 10:57 pm

HA! 12.50 will be here to stay in Manhattan! Another sneaky trick to raise prices and eventually chase more people away!

Mikeoaklandpark on November 21, 2005 at 12:42 am

They are having the premiere of Rent tonight.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 15, 2005 at 9:08 am

I love seeing the long lines down 54th Street when this place has a hot booking; everybody there is thrilled to be seeing a picture at the city’s only remaining movie palace.

ErikH on November 15, 2005 at 6:28 am

According to the Clearview website, the inflated prices will only last for as long as the Ziegfeld shows “The Producers” exclusively (12/16 to 12/24). Ticket prices will be reduced to $10.75 starting on Christmas Day, when the film moves into wider release.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 15, 2005 at 3:59 am

Whether or not The Producers is any good, I am happy to see an exclusive booking here for a change, even at inflated roadshow prices. I wonder if that old showman Mel Brooks had anything to do with the booking.

Mikeoaklandpark on November 15, 2005 at 12:53 am

Inside word is that the film isn’t very good and by the looks of the preview I agree. The sets look terrible.

ErikH on November 14, 2005 at 4:57 pm

I passed by the Ziegfeld today and noticed that the theater is now selling tickets for the exclusive engagement of “The Producers” starting on December 16. Close to round the clock shows are scheduled for the opening weekend: the first show starts at 9:15 a.m. and the last show at 1:30 a.m.

Just as the Broadway version set a new ticket high of $100, the film version is doing the same for movie admissions. All seats for all performances (no senior or children discounts and, of course, no bargain matinees): $12.50.

ErikH on November 11, 2005 at 6:15 am

Regarding the above post about films that played the Ziegfeld. “Victor/Victoria,” “Hair,” and each of the three “That’s Entertainment” films played there (all of which were initially at the Ziegfeld on an exclusive basis).

Not sure about “Ishtar” but I don’t believe that “The Wiz” was shown at the Ziegfeld; the Manhattan first run engagements of “The Wiz” were at Loews theaters, including the Astor Plaza.

sutiivun4 on November 8, 2005 at 11:54 am

Does anyone know when the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire premiere will start/end? any information would be appreciated

frankie on November 7, 2005 at 9:23 am

I loved going to the Ziegfeld to see “The Wiz”, “Hair”, “Victor/Victoria”, “That’s Entertainment III”, and even “Ishtar” !!! Sure hope they get “Rent” and/or “The Producers” ! I’d go in a New York minute !!!

ErikH on October 31, 2005 at 9:55 am

“The Producers” is slated to open exclusively in NY and LA on December 16 prior to a limited expansion on Christmas Day (to approx 1,200 screens) and full expansion on January 13. So the Ziegfeld may show “The Producers” exclusively in NYC between December 16 and 25.

VincentParisi on October 31, 2005 at 8:38 am

Rent and The Producers will also play at one of the multiplexes on 42nd street so the theater crowds will most likely go there. Will be interesting to see how big a crowd is drawn to the Ziegfeld because of the theater.

hardbop on October 31, 2005 at 8:32 am

I walked by the theater on Saturday on my way to MoMA and the Ziegfeld is indeed dark. The turkey ELIZABETHTOWN played there and tanked so now the Ziegfeld is closed. They’ll fire up the boiler and projecter mid month for RENT. They are also going to show THE PRODUCERS.

Both films' names are listed on the marquee.

Mikeoaklandpark on October 31, 2005 at 7:00 am

Is the theater closed again? I can’t seem to find out what’s playing there.

DonRosen on October 27, 2005 at 8:32 am

When “Star Spangled Girl” played the Ziegfeld in 1971, the house nut was $25,000 a week. Variety reported the total one week take of “Star Spangled Girl” was $1,000 by the time it hit showcase.

Forrest136 on October 23, 2005 at 6:27 am

Saw “Flightplan” there recently and it was empty! Also although it is a really nice single screer theatre the seats are very uncomfortable and the screen is really not that large!

RobertR on October 23, 2005 at 6:17 am

Check out the Ziegfeld as part of the showcase for “Star Spangled Girl”. It was odd back then for them to play Paramount and to be a part of a showcase.
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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 7, 2005 at 9:21 am

I’m not entirely sure which film was the first I ever saw here. I know my parents took me to see “That’s Entertainment” at this theater, but I also recall seeing a re-issue of Disney’s “Fantasia” at a big theater in Manhattan in the ‘70’s and I think it might have been here… although, now that I think about it, it may have been one of the many films I saw at Radio City Music Hall in the '70’s.

I remember seeing the “Grateful Dead Movie” here in 1977 when I was a pre-teen Dead Head in training. Also “Apocalype Now!” which was presented here in 70mm & Dolby without any opening or closing credits, just a program that was handed out with a listing of those involved in the production. I also recall playing hookey and coming in to Manhattan via subway on Saint Patrick’s Day and braving the crowds to catch a matinee of the musical “Hair” in 1979. I still have the souveneir program from that day. A few years later some college buddies and I caught the movie version of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” at the Ziegfeld.

I know there were many other movies I caught here, but these stand out in my memory. The most recent one was “Chicago” a couple of years back. And if the Peter Jackson remake of “King Kong” is indeed booked here for December, I will most certainly make the quick trip in to see it. Now with the Astor Plaza converted to a venue for live concerts, the only other movie theater in Manhattan that compares to this (in terms of presentation and spaciousness) is the main “Loew’s” auditorium at the Lincoln Square Multiplex on Broadway and 68th, which has some ersatz “movie palace” decor and features a two-aisle seating plan (with left, center and right orchestra sections) as well as an honest-to-goodness balcony.

dave-bronx™ on September 28, 2005 at 1:50 pm

Anybody know what is the weekly house nut for the Ziegfeld these days? Back in the 80s it was around $30G, which was enormous at that time. The films were better and they were just squeaking by then.