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What’s gonna happen to this place now that American Apparel has gone belly-up? I hope whoever moves in next restores the marquee.
The quest to relocate the Brooklyn Heights Cinema appears to be over. An interview with the owner gives a nice history of the place but states that his aim to re-open has been dashed by NYC’s insane real estate costs:
In NYC terms, they most definitely are.
Saw Pulp Fiction in theater two, upstairs. And most of the Star Wars re-releases in theater one. Both rooms had issues with sound and obstructed views but it was still a cool place and I miss seeing movies there. Maybe someone can save it?
Not a day goes by where I don’t miss the Ziegfeld.
4K restoration of Howard’s End at The Paris looks and sounds amazing! Go see it there!
Kinda depressing when you consider how many of these gems have either been shuttered, demolished, or repurposed.
The Park Theatre has been open continuously since 1921 according the concession operator I spoke to there the other night. Went for the 7pm screening of Star Trek Beyond. Love this theatre, a true Cinema Treasure: as old-school as it gets!
Metrograph is great! Especially the balcony! Went to see House Of Traps (1982) and had a blast. Place is bit twee but I like their programs and am thus far quite satisfied.
No way! Those are gimmicks that belong in the cookie-cutter big box theaters only!
I read that the audio system from the Ziegfeld ended up at the newly opened Metrograph!
The Sunn Cinema is heavily featured in the film Gas Food Lodging (1991). Fairuza Balk’s character repeatedly attends matinee’s there and even goes into the projection booth. If I find a good still, I’ll add it to the photo section.
Personally, I hate photos like this. I want to remember the Zieg in all its glory!
Visited The Rio just after New Year’s to see Patti Smith perform. It was incredible! And the venue has been nicely maintained. I snapped some photos of the marquee, ticket booth, & lobby which I will upload here shortly.
Added two lobby photos from Dec. 2015.
Saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens during my X-Mas sojourn in SF. It’s a fantastic neighborhood theatre with a great, congenial staff. Loved the experience!
Still from the movie “Times Square” (Moyle, 1980).
If anyone has an image of the Ziegfeld marquee from the run of Times Square (opened 10/22/80), please post it or contact me.
The New York State Historical Association Library in Cooperstown is hosting a small exhibit detailing Smalley’s history in Cooperstown; they also house the theatre’s archive (1921-1955 only). I took several pictures and added them here.
Can’t stomach the thought of the Ziegfeld being gutted. An absolute shame!
Amen to that! I dragged so many people to the Ziegfeld over the years and none of them walked away less than awed.
Went to the 12:45pm screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens to pay my respects and say goodbye. The house was fairly packed — more people than I’d seen in years and even more waiting to get in to the next screening. They drew the curtains after the final credits: a fitting and appropriate touch that those of us who lingered appreciated. I loved this place with all my heart. It was the best theater for epic blockbusters in Manhattan (the faded opulence always making even the most mediocre film a true experience) and its closure will leave a big void.
Final screenings are next Thursday. Go say goodbye, if you can.