Ziegfeld Theatre

141 West 54th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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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 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.

dennisczimmerman on August 27, 2005 at 12:19 pm

Now that someone has brought up “2001”. What do you think it would be like to see it projected in Imax? After seeing “Charlie and the chocolate Factory” and seeing a scene from it in that film, it got me wondering. I know there are people that think regular films presented in Imax is not what it is cracked up to be. However, I must say after seeing “Charlie” and “Harry Potter” previously, I will take an Imax film presentation over the shoebox theatre showings anytime! Even drove 50 miles to see them! Reminds me of my childhood days when we would drive into center city Philadelphia to see the “roadshow 70MM films.” It is like someone else stated elsewhere on this site, you have to give the moviegoer something that is extraordinary to get them off their sofas. In addition to better films, better manners by moviegoers, better presentations would be ideal. I still remember the curtains opening, opening, etc. as the lights dimmed in the movie palaces with 70mm presentations. The overatures ended and the movie logo’s filled those fantastic screen! Oh what memories!

Vito on August 27, 2005 at 10:37 am

“The Ziegfeld is the only theatre in the country equipped with 6-track stereophonic sound.”

Michael, I can just see the foam building around your mouth and the smoke coming out of your ears when you read that. I still cannot believe they actually made that claim.
Mark, the whole thing was sooo 50s, like 3-Ds,“A lion in your lap,and a girl in your arms” or CinemScope’s “The miracle you see
without glasses”

Mark_L on August 27, 2005 at 9:32 am

That is one of the funniest ads I’ve ever seen. If 50' is “half a city block”, then they have some mighty small blocks! And I’m sure the note of using Zeiss Favorit projectors just packed them in!!!

Coate on August 26, 2005 at 9:31 pm

“The Ziegfeld is the only theatre in the country equipped with 6-track stereophonic sound.”

Don’t you just love the outrageous hype present in that “2001” ad?!

RobertR on August 26, 2005 at 6:04 pm

1970 saw 2001 at the Ziegfeld
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justme on August 22, 2005 at 5:44 am

I’ll be in NYC in November (18-26) and was wondering what might be playing during this time. Any assistance would be appreciated. Also, do you need to purchase tickets in advance or can you get them at the door!!


ErikH on August 20, 2005 at 8:04 am

Interesting ad in tomorrow’s Times for “The Baxter.” Produced and released by IFC, it will be playing exclusively in Clearview theaters throughout the NYC metro area starting next Friday. Corporate synergy at work. The ad highlights the engagement at the IFC Center, but the list of Clearview theaters in Manhattan showing the film includes the 62nd & Broadway cinema and the Ziegfeld. Even though the film seems a better fit for the IFC Center than the Ziegfeld, it’s odd to see the IFC Center favored over the Ziegfeld (not to mention a film screening simultaneously at the Ziegfeld and the 62nd & Broadway cinema).

br91975 on August 6, 2005 at 2:49 am

Probably the only reason ‘The Island’ is still showing at the Ziegfeld is a contractual obligation between Clearview and Dreamworks, obligating it to be shown for a certain number of weeks.

Speaking of ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ cinematic re-do, can anyone explain to me why theatre owners in the NYC area gave this film the usual booking treatment (multiple screen runs at select venues, openings in every booking zone, etc)? Not to sound like a complete NYC, blue-state snob (O.K., I guess I AM being a complete NYC, blue-state snob), but where did they suppose the audience is in the area for this film? If there is an audience for this film, I’d think it would be in the red states (and hopefully the folks in the red states will prove me wrong on this and not go see it this weekend)…

Vito on August 5, 2005 at 3:34 pm

Aw Bill, let’s not forget “Dukes of Hazard”, a relative talked me into taking him to a Warners screening, makes “Island” look like “Gone With the Wind”,God awful movie. They just get worse and worse.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 5, 2005 at 6:57 am

Now I’m really depressed – the march of film history as it progresses from Oklahoma to West Side Story to Fiddler on the Roof to … The Island.

VincentParisi on August 5, 2005 at 6:53 am

Sounds like a roadshow to me. Oklahoma, West Side Story and Fiddler had 3 shows a day on weekends at the Rivoli I believe.

Vito on August 5, 2005 at 3:11 am

Yeah, like they need the time between shows to handle the crowds.
I never understood the small amount of showings per day at that theatre.

ErikH on August 5, 2005 at 2:54 am

Just glanced at today’s “Island” ad in the Times. The number of daily screenings at the Ziegfeld (and yes, the ad states DLP) is down to three; the last showing starts at the absurdly early hour of 8:15 pm. At least Clearview decided to not to close the Ziegfeld until the next attraction.

uncleal923 on August 4, 2005 at 5:16 pm

I guess he plays in the combo.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 4, 2005 at 4:00 pm

No orchestra, just a string quartet. And a jazz combo that plays on Saturday nights. Not.

Coate on August 4, 2005 at 11:40 am

Sorry…wrong link provided a couple of posts ago re the “Sky High” DLP shows. Here is the correct one.

uncleal923 on August 4, 2005 at 5:36 am

I know someone who ushers at the Ziegfeld and is in the orchestra. I am surprised to hear they have an orchestra at this theater because it’s clearly not old enough to have been built for stage presentation.

umbaba on August 4, 2005 at 3:48 am

Posters….Re: “Island” DLP.

I saw the film in NJ in 35MM an excellent print, but let me save you all who are debating where to see it…it is a horrible film, a complete bore, lousy acting, bad story, worse directing. Action scenes you’ve seen 200,000 times. Seeing it in DLP wouldn’t help your experience believe me, Ziegfeld or not…skip this one, wait for the DVD

Coate on August 4, 2005 at 1:00 am

“The DLP website doesn’t indicate a DLP Ziegfeld booking either. Check it out at DLP.com, but then again, they don’t have the Loews Rio venue as having it either”

Is this the Rio in Gaithersburg, MD?

The dlp.com site notes only a fraction of the DLP shows for the current titles in release, “The Island,” “Sky High,” and “Episode III.” A more comprehensive source for digital projection screenings I’d recommend (pardon the plug) is at the www.FromScriptToDVD.com website.

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BobT on August 3, 2005 at 6:28 am

I’m looking at this past Sunday’s New York Post (July 31,2005) and the ad for “The Island” has The Ziegfeld listed first with a box around it and the DPL logo. The only other theatre listed as DPL is the ADM’s Pavilion Theatre in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

ErikH on August 3, 2005 at 4:49 am

I disagree about the Times. I had been considering seeing “The Island” at the Ziegfeld during its first week of release but had difficulty fitting a screening into my schedule (and decided against seeing it after hearing bad word of mouth). I checked the Times' ads for “The Island” daily during that first week, and each edition indicated that the Ziegfeld (and Loews 34th Street) were presenting the film digitally in Manhattan.

JodarMovieFan on August 3, 2005 at 4:41 am

The DLP website doesn’t indicate a DLP Ziegfeld booking either. Check it out at DLP.com, but then again, they don’t have the Loews Rio venue as having it either, yet they advertise a DLP showing of it.

Coate on August 3, 2005 at 4:37 am

“The advertisements in the NY Times for ‘The Island’ have consistently stated DLP for the screenings at the Ziegfeld.”

No, it hasn’t. For a period of time, Loews 34th Street was the Manhattan venue advertising DLP. And none of the online ticket ordering services that I’ve checked have indicated DLP for the Ziegfeld, either. Nor has Clearview’s page for the Ziegfeld been indicating DLP.

Which NYC area DLP shows are noted in today’s NY TIMES?