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Cinema 1 tickets are $18 (wow) but the first and last shows of the day are only $9…
My first movie there was also That’s Entertainment, which blew me away. I hadn’t heard of most of those stars and movies featured, (I know them all very well now!) but was especially amazed seeing Esther Williams and her aquatic extravaganzas on the big screen…!
Soon after, Earthquake was a bone-rattling eye-popper and my first Ava Gardner movie. I saw that more than once, bringing in friends from Long Island for the unique Sensurround experience. (I’ve since come to appreciate Gardner’s beauty in movies like Showboat and Mogambo, but even in Earthquake she had an earthy sensuality.)
To complete the trifecta, Tommy was astounding. I’d never heard the album before, nor really knew who The Who were, but I was stunned and euphoric by the sights, sounds and presentation of that rock opera. These three movies seemed like they were custom-made for this house.
In my lifetime there has been no showplace like the Ziegfeld. In a word, wow…!
Now if only someone could put them in list form for ease of perusal…
(Can we all do multiple clicks on the closed-curtain photo on page 8 to bump it up to the overview page, where it belongs…)
It’s gone full circle — started as a Walter Reade theater, playing a sci-fi movie, and ends with Walter Reade on the marquee, playing a sci-fi movie…
The marquee is still up, but the words United Artists have been removed.
Theater is closed. Marquee says “closed. New theater coming soon.”
I believe the building is coming down and a new one will be erected.
Time to get some photos of the old girl, especially with the current marquee.
The outside looked great, the inside seemed a little bland.
Any reports on the 70mm showing of The Hateful Eight?
I just did the same search and it’s there. The site gives “open” theaters first, but click the tab “all theaters” and voila!
I’m surprised to hear that Radio City presented a re-release as a regular presentation, and with a stage show no less…!
Did it EVER play here?
Myron, we here have known about its closing since Ed Solero’s post back on July 7, 2014, nearly 18 months ago…
I’d like to hear some reports about the round-the-clock opening weekend of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
How did the exhibit go?
Here is for comparison a sample of some of the highly-anticipated films from the spring and summer of 1977 followed by the opening-week number of engagements for each: “A Bridge Too Far” (400+), “The Deep” (800+), “Exorcist II: The Heretic” (700+), “New York, New York” (400+), “Orca” (700+), “The Other Side Of Midnight” (500+), “Rollercoaster” (400+), “Smokey And The Bandit” (300+), and “The Spy Who Loved Me” (200+).
Star Wars is a post-Jaws release so it did not have months of exclusive runs. Opening May 25, 1977 the first weekend was 43 national engagements, a few more were added in the next weeks, and 100 new theaters were added in the fourth week. By August and September there were just over 1,000 theaters showing it.
Interesting site with a lot of detail here.
The Selwyn Theatre was restored and renovated by the Roundabout Theatre company and re-opened on July 27, 2000 with a production of “The Man Who Came To Dinner” starring Nathan Lane. It was renamed for its generous benefactor, American Airlines.
I’ll be here Wednesday night for An American in Paris.
Kind of bittersweet…
Wow thanks a lot buddy
Jo, how do you get italics into your comment?
Formerly Foxwoods, now Lyric…
If you’re in Time Square to see Star Wars, won’t you be seeing it at the Ziegfeld?
I think this is called the PlayStation Theater now…
Ugh. How far can you get from “Loew’s” and “Astor” and “Plaza”
Plus, the Paris and City Cinemas have bargain matinees.