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NYC’s Village East showed Interstellar in 70mm, so since they have their own 70mm projectors, there would be no reason to install projectors meant for theaters that don’t have them.
I’ve no doubt the Astor screen was huge. I’ve seen huge screens such as the DC Uptown, Seattle Cinerama, etc. But when I lived in Boston the Astor wasn’t open anymore & the Charles was the best there was. And, it was good.
Oops, I had looked up Beacon Hill as per comment by Roger A & meant the Beacon Hill in my comment.
I was never in the Astor. I’d expect it would have a large screen. I wouldn’t have been in the Cinema 57 before it was triplexed. The Charles had a very large screen, 50 feet by 25 feet is what was reported. It was my favorite place to see a new movie in Boston in the early 1980s when I was there for school and later when I visited.
I saw Hamlet in 70mm in 1996 at the Paris. I’d be happy to see The Hateful Eight there. It is the same movie operator as the nearby City Cinemas 1,2,3 which showed Interstellar in 70mm when the Ziegfeld also had it. Weinstein’s company is setting up 70mm projectors……
I’ve confirmed that the Star War screenings will be all 3 D. The film will be showcased in that format.
Opening weekend (Nov 6-7) 7 PM shows of Spectre nearly sold out so expect a great audience for Star Wars. The Ziegfeld in past years has always done well with Star War movies! As to Star Wars, it will be 3 D digital. I don’t know for sure for this one, but usually the Ziegfeld does all 3 D rather than the 2 D version.
As I am familiar with the management, I can assure everybody that the theater is still operated by Bow Tie. I rather like seeing the A Walter Eeade Theater sign again, but they have not risen from the dead to retake the cinema.
Star Wars 70mm, this sounds likely http://makingstarwars.net/2015/08/star-wars-the-force-awakens-imax-presentation-details/
What year were most movies shown in digital in the main theater? In 2010, I saw Made in Dagenham in digital but what about 2009 Quantum of Solace? digital or 35mmm?
I will add that the auditorium was orange in color. My photos are linked but none of the auditorium as even its last days staff didn’t allow interior photos. My digital camera then wouldn’t likely have well captured the auditorium though my current camera would as evidenced by my photos of the Ziegfeld, Paris, and in other cities shared on this site.
The Ziegfeld is pretty but not the nation’s prettiest single screen movie house. San Francisco’s Castro. El Capitan & others in LA. Suffern NY’s Lafayette. And, so forth. But the Ziegfeld is the most impressive place for NYC to host a movie premiere! And, it is a tremendous moviehouse for all of us to cherish & see more movies for as long as it remains open!
Unlike the Ziegfeld, there really weren’t any “surroundings” nor was the auditorium very notable in terms of visuals other than being large. It had great sightlines & great surround sound & used the curtain. It was a great presentation of movies.
Facebook plea for help in restoring 1,358 seats so that’s the current seat count.
Today Inquirer article states 156 seat cabaret Prazz Room to be upstairs
Auditoriums 1 & 2 were identical with 524 seats each & 40 foot wide screens for scope. With full use of the curtain, I saw the restored “Spartacus” road show in # 1 in 70mm 6 track in 1991. # 4 had 208 seats. # 5 had 182 seats. Aud 6 had 366 seats. I didn’t see a movie in # 3.
not sure if this listing is current re what sounds like vendor booths
Ah, had some time to ID the owners-
not mobsters, a leading NYC family
Solow owns the Paris & does want to keep it as a cinema, though note that he’s in his 80s & I don’t know what happens after him. When years ago, I looked online for Ziegfeld owner, it is someone else, another individual who is a successful owner of Manhattan real estate.
Scroll back or google “Ziegfeld may close” as the prior operator Cablevision (Cleaview)is losing money paying the rent. BowTie is operating it under that arrangement.
I don’t speak for Bow Tie but I will say Bow Tie is still operating the Ziegfeld. Walter Reade’s return is only the historic nameplate.
I saw the new Mission Impossible movie at the Ziegfeld yesterday, with great projection & surround sound. As has been the pattern for some time, the curtain isn’t used for regular movies but I was told by someone in charge (not on scene) that it works just fine! On the theater marquee can be seen A Walter Reade Theater, for the 1st time since in years since before the current operator BowTie put their nameplate there, Clearview covered it up with their own nameplate. This year’s news reports have indicated that the Ziegfeld’s future is endangered, so visit & enjoy while open!
Can somebody please take a photo, of the theater’s exterior or lobby or an auditorium, and post it so this page hss one?