Paris Theatre

4 W. 58th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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HowardBHaas on January 28, 2016 at 12:51 pm

It isn’t a single screen & I haven’t been there in a long time, but the Loews auditorium of the AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 is ornate, has a balcony, and was designed to resemble an old fashioned movie palace. And, shows mainstream blockbusters.

the MOMA theater 1 was remodeled in 1976 but originally opened in 1939.

The Village East also has a historic auditorium, though that theater wasn’t originally for movies.

Since the Tower East (72nd St) closed, the movies I’ve traveled from Philly to NYC were for the Paris & the Ziegfeld. I may try the others, but I am thankful for the Paris & will continue to see wonderful, art movies here.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 28, 2016 at 4:29 am

…and the Paris ran Hollywood arty ‘blockbusters’ like “ROMEO AND JULIET” and “HOWARD’S END”.

John Miller
John Miller on January 28, 2016 at 4:21 am

There was a newspaper story that said the same thing, that the Paris was the last single-screen, non-IMAX auditorium in Manhattan after the Ziegfeld closing. I think that bad information is going around. As you said, there is the Walter Reade, which has a bit of a connection with the Ziegfeld, which began as a Walter Reade theater. While they have multiple screens, MoMA’s Theater 1 has 400-seats and a single-screen feeling. If you have a nostalgia for 1970’s-era auditoriums, you’ll especially like it! (Yeah, there is likely NO one who is nostalgic for that). Their programming is good, though! I would personally recommend Museum of the Moving Image’s theater in Astoria. For those unfamiliar, they do 70mm and digital revival screenings, plus advanced screenings and guest filmmaker appearances. Great screen, and impressive sound!

moviebuff82 on January 25, 2016 at 9:44 pm

None of these three single screen theaters will show big budget blockbusters when the Ziegfeld closes on Friday.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 22, 2016 at 2:30 am

The Walter Reade and Maysles are single screens.

moviebuff82 on January 22, 2016 at 1:58 am

the closing of the ziegfeld in a few weeks will make this the only single screen non-IMAX venue left in Manhattan.

HowardBHaas on December 14, 2015 at 1:32 pm

The movie “Carol” began its Oscar showcasing in NYC & LA & has been doing well here. In the 1st weekend, the director & producer appeared on stage to chat. In the 2nd weekend the producer appeared.

moviebuff82 on November 14, 2015 at 9:59 pm

I agree, mharmon999. The Paris is to indie and foreign films what the Ziegfeld is to blockbusters.

mharmon999 on June 20, 2015 at 9:25 pm

This theatre will always be unique for the different types of films that play there that don’t play at the mega-plex theatres, also in 2015 it’s not easy for single movie houses to survive in NYC with the big mega theatres that have opened and rent being so high anywhere in NYC now. Hope this one stays around!

Mikeoaklandpark on May 27, 2015 at 8:25 pm

That is what the Ziegfeld need is to have films showcased only at that theater.

moviebuff82 on May 27, 2015 at 8:17 pm

Both of which were distributed by TWC.

HowardBHaas on May 18, 2015 at 1:17 am

The current feature, The Woman in Gold, like the prior feature, The Imitation Game, which ran for months, is not also at the AMC Sony Lincoln Center or on 42nd St (AMC Empire 25 or Regal E Walk). It is great the Paris can showcase a movie without it being everywhere else.

LuisV on December 16, 2014 at 4:14 pm

I usually have an amazing experience when visiting the Ziegfeld; including recent visits to see Interstellar (when the curtains were used) and Mockingjay (when they were not). I do wish they used the curtains at ALL times. I will be back on Christmas Day to see Into The Woods!

curmudgeon on December 16, 2014 at 3:55 pm

I simply loved this cinema when visiting NY a few years back. Superb presentation (along with Screen tabs that they actually used) Such an intimate and welcoming atmosphere, and a sense of real showmanship surviving So much more inviting than the cold and lifeless atmosphere I experienced at the Ziegfeld, with a blank screen and deathly silence being my first impression of this much praised theatre. Showmanship was absolutely zilch! Admittedly, I’m sure the Paris does not have the latest gimmicks ie 3D/Atmos/Imax/and every other hi-tech state-of-the-art (sic) gimmick that appeals so much to the pop-corn brigade, but the quality film that I saw (top class script, story, acting) was a feast in itself that needed no gimmicks to provide first class entertainment. It was also a pleasure to be seated amongst like-minded audiences who were so well behaved and enjoying a similar experience. I do hope that Paris staff will be vigilant and send disruptive audience members back to the multiplexes where they belong.

HowardBHaas on December 16, 2014 at 2:40 pm

I saw the movie the Sunday before last Sunday at the first afternoon show. It was a sold out crowd, every seat taken. I was in the balcony. There was no talking during the movie. I did see a ray of light a couple of times but that was it in terms of device using by audience.

cmbussmann on December 16, 2014 at 2:20 pm

I really would have enjoyed The Imitation Game at the Paris last night but the audience was awful. Lots of talking and texting. The film itself was fine, well projected with great audio but the patrons there are getting ever ruder.

rivest266 on September 24, 2013 at 11:55 pm

13 septembre 1948 Grand-annonce d'ouverture a été transféré dans la section photo pour ce cinéma.

September 13th, 1948 grand opening ad has been uploaded in the photo section for this cinema.

smk682 on October 10, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Saw “Romeo and Juliet” in the late “60’s at The Paris…it played for about two years there, I believe, and my friends and I took the opportunity to go see it several times.

As for the Williamsburg flick, it played in the red theater and the blue theater at the visitors center. Jack Lord was the Patriot John Fry.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Hey moviebuff82… The landmark installation of “Williamsburg: the Portrait of a Patriot,” which has been shown daily to vistors at Colonial Williamsburg, VA, for the past 55 years, was actually shot on horizontal 35mm VistaVision. It was eventually printed on 70mm film when the original negative was restored in the early 2000’s.

moviebuff82 on May 20, 2012 at 11:38 pm

The last 70mm non-imax film that i saw at a theater was a documentary about Williamsburg made in 1957 that lacks the opening and closing credits of the 35mm version. That version is the longest running 70mm film ever. As for the Paris, it’s NYC’s version of Cinema Paradiso.

Amber J. Michaud
Amber J. Michaud on May 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm

This would be the best place to look out for when I am ever interested in watching a French film.

markp on February 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Its too bad we will never see 70mm again, now that all movies (I cant call them FILMS if they are digital) are going digital. The last film I personally projected in 70mm was in 1989, “The Abyss”

HowardBHaas on February 12, 2012 at 8:33 pm

I enjoyed Hamlet in 70mm at the Paris. It was the 2nd to last “new” (not classic or restored classic) 70mm film (filmed that way or blow up) that I saw. “Titantic” a couple years later was the last.

HowardBHaas on January 25, 2012 at 1:08 am

HDTV, an early showing! As I’m listed in the credits, I’m kind of an official volunteer here. If you see outright “spam” email me directly so I will have it removed. There are trivial postings, can’t help that, but this website has more interesting postings than many other blogs.

HowardBHaas on January 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm

As was blogged by the Paris on its Facebook site, a recent compliment from an acrtress-

“We’re here at the Paris Theatre, which is such a romantic, old-fashioned theater. This felt like a very appropriate dress,” actress Jessica Chastain said at Tuesday night’s New York premiere of Coriolanus as she smoothed the tissue-thin lace overlay of her floor-skimming Monique Lhuillier look. “