Ziegfeld Theatre

141 W. 54th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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markp on June 14, 2017 at 7:18 pm

Just finished watching Interstellar on fx and it brought back a flood of memories when I saw this movie here in 70MM. I could still picture myself and my wife sitting there with the awesome bright picture and amazing audio.

Gabi Gonzalez
Gabi Gonzalez on March 27, 2017 at 5:20 pm

Hello fellow movie theater lovers,

I’m doing a project for my photojournalism class at NYU about closed down independent movie theaters in New York. I hope to gain information about people’s past experiences at these movie theaters, recollections of favorite memories or not so great experiences, perhaps economical insight, contacts with owners/managers, etc. On a larger level, I hope my project is able to show the significance of the role that these establishments play in our city and the importance of keeping them afloat.

If anyone would be willing to answer a few questions via email about your personal memories at the theater, please let me know! It could be as simple as recounting a favorite movie you remember seeing back when it was open. I would greatly appreciate your insight.

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markp on September 6, 2016 at 2:14 pm

I am so happy that I got to see the last 70MM film projected there “Interstellar”. The picture and sound was amazing. It is a shame this place couldn’t hang on.

moviebuff82 on September 6, 2016 at 11:36 am

Oh how i could visit the ziegfeld like my dad did back when big movies came out. It was very expensive when it first opened and it still was until they closed it down. No more Bow Tie cinemas in Manhattan anymore that are still called Bow Tie. That’s the state of moviegoing. There are other Bow Ties around the four boroughs and in NJ. I’d like to see the new management keep the famous Ziegfeld script and add in the ballroom name. I think it will get more crowded with all the extra space once it opens next year.

cmbussmann on September 6, 2016 at 6:44 am

Not a day goes by where I don’t miss the Ziegfeld.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 3, 2016 at 7:55 pm

Opening paragraph of the NYTimes' review of Marooned:

IT seems fitting that a handsome, professional and future-minded space drama in fine color, like “Marooned,” should open a new jewel box of a theater, the Ziegfeld.

FAShaffi on September 3, 2016 at 12:06 pm

Bill, I really do hope that they keep the marquee and sign up when the new place opens, the building is a piece of history and touched so many lives

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on September 3, 2016 at 9:36 am

On the way to Radio City for Blazing Saddles on Thursday night, I passed by the Ziegfeld. Construction was still going on with whatever they’re turning the theater into, but it did still say Ziegfeld Theatre on the outside of the building, high up on the brick wall, and the marquee is still up. Maybe they’re going to keep them?

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on September 3, 2016 at 9:28 am

TCM did have an annual screening of classic movies for the rest of the country to coincide with their big festival, called The Road to Hollywood. Sadly, I don’t think they do it anymore. I was lucky enough to see All About Eve, To Kill a Mockingbird and Cabaret at the Ziegfeld, complete with Robert Osborne hosting special guests (Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Spike Lee), and all for free admission. Needless to say, all shows were filled to capacity.

I also saw The Birds in Huntington, Long Island, NY: Tippi Hedren on stage interviewed by Ben Mankiewicz in another sold-out show. Just the other night, Blazing Saddles with a live appearance by Mel Brooks sold out the almost 6,000-seat Radio City Music Hall. The audience for classic movies on the big screen is out there, and waiting for more events like these.

BobbyS on September 3, 2016 at 6:47 am

That is a wonderful idea! What is more important than the films themselves is the movie palaces that showed them. I am hoping that TCM will do an east coast version of their west coast yearly film festival. Maybe the Kings,Beacon,Radio City,175th etc. They rent the screens & projectors sometimes. Wouldn’t that be a thrill!!

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 2, 2016 at 6:46 pm

Early tomorrow morning at 4am TCM is running this theater’s opening attraction Marooned.

By coincidence or design at 6:15am they are showing The Bitter Tea of General Yen, the opening attraction of Radio City Music Hall…

bigjoe59 on August 14, 2016 at 3:55 pm


i was a frequent patron at this theater starting with its debut film “Marooned”. to which in reference to Mikeoaklandpark’s post of 5/1116. from the very beginning this theater often closed for a week or two if no suitable film was available for a 1st run engagement but i never remember this theater ever showing films second run in the sense that they had exhausted their original engagement at other theaters.

celboy on July 11, 2016 at 1:09 pm


Spielberg like…….Why didn’t this come out 6 months ago?

Movieholic on May 23, 2016 at 10:28 am

No problem. I may try to do it myself but thanks for posting the 70mm engagements.

Coate on May 21, 2016 at 10:24 pm

Movieholic…. I’m pleased you liked the Ziegfeld filmography and thanks for the suggestion. I’m afraid I have no interest, though, in putting together a similar filmography for the 34th Street Showplace. The best I could offer would be a list of the 70mm presentations that played there.

Casanoc on May 21, 2016 at 4:22 pm

Nothing makes me angrier that this theatre had to close.

Mark_L on May 20, 2016 at 8:01 am

For someone interested in researching NY theatres, if you get a subscription to the NY Times, you can get access to the TIMESMACHINE which gives access to all papers from the very first issue to 2002. They frequently have discount prices.

Movieholic on May 19, 2016 at 5:25 pm

Mike (saps) You’re probably right about the Loews 34th Street Showplace. For me, it would be fun to see the bookings since I went there more times than the Ziegfeld and Astor Plaza combined. If I can figure out how to do it myself I will.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 18, 2016 at 3:18 pm

I wonder if the Showplace was significant enough to warrant a full list… The single-screens Ziegfeld and Astor Plaza often had exclusive engagements and very long bookings, while the Showplace (if I recall correctly) was more of a neighborhood house playing day-and-date with many other theaters

Movieholic on May 18, 2016 at 2:52 pm

Great job compiling this list too Michael Coate. Just a thought but would you be interested in doing one for the Loews 34th Street Showplace theater in Manhattan from 1987 to 1999 when it closed? If not, that’s okay, but thought it wouldn’t hurt to ask. I’d do one myself but have no idea where to start. Another user named King Biscuit posted the bookings from the first five years, 1981-1986.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 17, 2016 at 2:22 pm

Thanks, Michael. It was a great 46 year run, and we’re all grateful to you, Al Alvarez, Howard B. Haas and others for documenting it.

Mikeoaklandpark on May 11, 2016 at 9:14 am

I didn’t realize in the beginning how many 2nd run movies they had after Marooned and how many weeks over the years they closed.

PeterApruzzese on May 10, 2016 at 6:53 pm

Nice listing, Michael. Thanks for going to the trouble of posting it.

HowardBHaas on May 10, 2016 at 6:05 pm

After the Ziegfeld closed, I inserted into the Intro at top of the page the long runs of movies.

moviebuff82 on May 10, 2016 at 3:45 pm

Out of all the movies which one has been played the most?