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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 30, 2016 at 3:14 am

Thank you Howard for posting the excellent article. My question is with people like spike Lee and Martin Scorsese along with Christopher Nolan and Mr Tartino all who love 35mm and 70 mm film and the Zigfeld Why didn’t anyone of these people step up to the plate and actually by the theater. Then they could use it to screen 35mm and 70 mm to the public Many films they could get from their own collections and the studios Also still use it as a place to have movie premieres. Have other up-and-coming directors screen there movies there as they had full digital capability. Also teach classes there on film and have people sit in the beautiful theater. Something like this would’ve kept the theater around. I really question why these very wealthy people couldn’t of gotten together as a group and bought the theater if it was too much for any one person to afford or manage by themselves . There are so many wealthy people involved in the arts that could have saved this theater from being gutted and turn it into something that would really be unique and set it apart from just being a first run theater which is great but hard to do with the single screen and competition from inferior multiplexes

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 29, 2016 at 10:11 am

It is absolutely heartbreaking and an absolute monumental waste. To gut this beautiful theater!! Mr Tarantino just had A private premiere in 70 mm of the hateful eight just a month ago. The projector upstairs according to the projectionist still could run 35mm and 70 mm. I’m surprised somebody like Mr. Tarantino, JJ Abrams or Christopher Nolan didn’t come forward to buy the theater or at least lease it for a whil i’m surprised somebody like Mr. Tarantino, JJ Abrams or Christopher Nolan didn’t come forward to buy the theater to show films and 35mm like the new Beverly does. Change into something other than a first run theater. Still rented out for premieres. How long will this new ballroom last I give it a few years at most. then it will be declared a failure after the theater is torn apart and goo then it will be declared a failure after the theater is torn apart and gutted sickening I say. At least Los Angeles has try to keep some of their downtown single screen movie palace viable

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 29, 2016 at 7:51 am

Yes they shouldn’t throw out the seats. They can even be used in another theater that needed better seats to make it more comfortable. The Lafayette theater in Suffern could maybe acquire the seats and put them there. It might be too costly to remove the seats that are there now and put in the Zigfeld seats. Yes you are right nine chandeliers

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 29, 2016 at 7:37 am

If the amount of people coming out last night had come out more regularly to the theater for movies over the past few years the theater would’ve still most likely been operating well past yesterday said closing. How anybody could want to go to a multiplex versus a beautiful theater like that Ziegfeld is beyond me. It’s like saying would you rather have a meal expertly prepared by a wonderfully talented chef. Or would you like to just have some processed chain food for dinner

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 29, 2016 at 6:38 am

I went to three screenings yesterday 12:45 PM 2D Looks like it was about 550 people. Sat in the second row of the balcony area. Bought a ticket for the 7 PM screening. Very long line to get in. Looks like 650 people for that screening. The audience was most enthusiastic As I was sitting in the middle of the orchestra section. They clapped and cheer during the “along time ago in a galaxy far far away” they also cheered when on Han Solo first appeared on screen. The curtain was definitely being used at the end of each screening and just before the Advertisements started . I was going to leave but then when I saw the line was even a longer stretching all the way down the block and around the corner I bought a ticket for the 10 PM show. Sitting in the last row of the balcony just looking down at the nearly filled orchestra section except for maybe a dozen seats. They close the curtains before the previews coming attractions. At the end of the credits and when the curtains closed. People broke into a song “Will miss the grand the lady Ziegfeld” people didn’t want to leave And were taking pictures at 1:15 PM. One girl was even hugging the wall of the theater. I was speaking to John the manager and it’s truly heartbreaking That’s such a beautiful theater with seven crystal chandeliers a grand staircase to the area just outside the confession space. John the manager said that Cablevision is going to take everything in the theater including things left over from the original Ziegfeld. No one knows what they will do with it. But John said the entire space will be gutted. A terrible loss to New York and movie lovers. There never will be another theater like iT. Theaters were built years ago so people could experience something they could never experienced at home. We need more places like the Ziegfeld to bring people out to the movies instead of sitting home in their living rooms

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movieguy commented about It’s Fade to Black for Midtown’s Iconic Ziegfeld Movie Theater on Jan 23, 2016 at 3:25 pm

I definitely plan to go next Thursday as that will be the absolute final day of operation. Absolutely terrible terrible thing for movie lovers and a great historic theater and New York in general

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movieguy commented about It’s Fade to Black for Midtown’s Iconic Ziegfeld Movie Theater on Jan 22, 2016 at 3:25 am

Extremely terrible news. It was owned by Cablevision under James Dolan. The man almost bankrupted the Knicks. I was talking to John the manager and I mentioned him I noticed they often hold movies too long. The Laffey at theater in Suffern New York was able to drop Mission impossible for example after two weeks same thing for the new James Bond movie. But the Ziegfeld ended up holding each for five weeks . The movie company certainly didn’t require such a long commitment. If they changed out the movies every 2 to 3 weeks they would’ve had better attendance I think. A really beautiful theater big screen great projection Ability to show 35mm as well as 4K digital. They ran a lot of classic films back about 10 years ago 2004 so. But they stopped doing that as of 2007 for the most part. A terrible loss to be lovers and New York.

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 21, 2016 at 9:34 pm

Call the theater box office today. Found out that they’ll be no special programming or special movies. January 28 Thursday is the last day that Star Wars was scheduled to play. According to the employee on the phone no other movies will be coming after that. So it looks like that will be the last day of operations January 28. I will definitely be there to see Star Wars once again. How very depressing and sad that such a great movie theater 1200 seats, big screen excellent projection fantastic Soundsystem a real great room to see a movie is going to be turned into some ridiculous ballroom for corporate bigwigs rich people

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movieguy commented about City Cinemas Village East on Dec 1, 2015 at 2:22 pm

I talked to an employee of the cinema. He confirmed that Hateful 8 WILL Be showing there for its run of two weeks. Most likely in the large original theater. Not one of the small theaters in the second and third levels

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movieguy commented about Lafayette Theatre on Nov 19, 2015 at 9:48 am

JACA Will program classic series and special events as well

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movieguy commented about Lafayette Theatre on Nov 19, 2015 at 9:45 am

So who is “JACA ENTERTAINMENT” Town of Ramapo will NO LONGER book first run films or do Promotion for the theatre. I guess they wil program the classic Series as well as other events like BAMF film festival and Wild and scenic film fest

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 12, 2015 at 12:06 am

Yes no hateful eight at the Ziegfeld. I confirmed this with management. The only reason you can’t buy tickets past the 24th is Just something technical. They will fix it for ticket sales closer to the 22nd . Yes all theaters have to keep Star Wars for one month.

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 11, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Fantastic to see that Bond 007 shows opening weekend we’re close to sold out at the mighty ZIG!! Just what the old girl needed WILL by tix for Star Wars ASAP

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movieguy commented about Cinema 45 on Nov 10, 2015 at 5:48 am

Sadly the theater closed around 1989 when Rockins first big multiplex you a cinemas opened. They turned it into a place for live music and acts like meatloaf winger and the guitarist from kiss Ace freely perform to thei and the guitarist from kiss ace freely performed there. Eventually turned into a nightclub and there were some shooting and stabbing were someone died. It was closed and then torn down. A new building occupies where the theater used to be and it has a pizza place and a few other businesses

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movieguy commented about Town of Ramapo Cultural Arts Center on Nov 10, 2015 at 5:11 am

It was taken over by the town of Ramapo I completely refurbished about 13 years ago. They had some concerts and rented out for private events. In the summer of 2015 they showed children’s movies Friday night Saturday and Sunday free of charge. As of October 18, 2015 Mavali Cinemas which used to be located in the Kennedy shopping plaza on route 59. Took over operation of the theater. They now show Indian movies. Admission is $10. They have a Christie digital projector in the booth. As well as an old 35mm projector that’s not used but functional. The seats are very comfortable the Soundsystem excellent and the screen is large. Jacob Roy is the man who runs the theater now . They have very affordable confessions candy bars soda water as well as tea or coffee. The presentation of the movies is very good and they sometimes have two different movies playing Single night. Glad to see the theater which set on use for several years is now being used for Indian movies. As there’s A good number of Indian people living in Rockland County and over the border into northern New Jersey

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 3, 2015 at 8:12 am

I was there for the Martian mission impossible rogue nation and the back to the future trilogy. They are digital 4K for projection. The sound system is very good crisp and clear but not overly loud and booming like the multiplexes. The presentation of movies there is quite excellent. Definitely worth going to the theater to see any movie they are screening

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 2, 2015 at 4:21 pm

I think we can conclude 100% that it is still run and managed by Bow Tie. When I asked about why the sign calling in a bowtie theater was gone from the marquee. The manager John said The sign had come down and broken and it was going to be put back up

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 2, 2015 at 3:28 pm

In addition all the workers still wear the outfits of bowtie cinemas. With the bowtie logo on the nameplates on their uniforms

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 2, 2015 at 2:54 pm

I just called the theaters box office line and they answer “thank you for calling Bow Tie Zigfeld Theatre”

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 2, 2015 at 2:39 pm

You call the theaters recorded line and it says that it is a bowtie cinema. If you go to the bowtie website the theater is still listed as being under the bow tie chain. When I went to go see the Martian. Followed by the back to the future trilogy. I used my AAA discount pass for Bow Tie So I think the information that bowtie is no longer running it is incorrect

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 30, 2015 at 4:13 pm

I would definitely like to see the hateful eight roadshow edition 70 mm at the ZIG for sure. I would buy tickets on the 25th or 26th and head off into the city

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 30, 2015 at 4:13 pm

I would definitely like to see the hateful eight roadshow edition 70 mm at the ZIG for sure. I would buy tickets on the 25th or 26th and head off into the city

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 30, 2015 at 3:00 am

Yes it doesn’t look good for them getting Star Wars. As they should’ve gotten it back whenever one else did. John the manager knows it would’ve been a much better choice than any other movie because of course it would sell out the first weekend and be busy for a few weeks for sure. Not a good choice from whoever is up higher in the organization and deciding what they get at the theater

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 29, 2015 at 2:48 pm

I also asked John the manager if they would get the hateful eight. He said he’s not sure but he thinks that would only do business for the one week a limited and engagement it would play in 70 mm. He would rather get Star Wars. Let’s see what happens. I see the hateful eight according To fandango has been pushed back to January 8. Don’t know if this is a mistake or not

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 29, 2015 at 2:47 pm

It’ll be nice to see 007 James Bond. I went for the back to the future trilogy on October 21. Good attendance and it looked fantastic up on the big screen with a very good audio as well. I spoke to John the manager and ask them if they were getting Star Wars. He Said it’s still being held up the decision on whether to give them Star Wars. I have no idea why it hasn’t been booked because bowtie is a big chain. No reason not to show it there.