Ziegfeld Theatre

141 West 54th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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Curtained screen

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Built just a few hundred feet from the original Ziegfeld Theatre, this ‘new’ Ziegfeld Theatre opened in December 1969 and the movie house was one of the last big palaces built in the United States.

It was built from plans by the firm of Emery Roth & Sons, with designs by Irving Gershon and interior design by John McNamara.

The theatre features 1,131 seats: 825 seats in the front section and 306 seats in the raised balcony section in the rear. The interior is decorated with sumptous red carpeting and abundant gold trim.

The Ziegfeld Theatre is, arguably, the last movie palace still showing films in Manhattan. In June 2013 it was taken over by Bow-Tie Cinemas when they took over Clearview locations.

Recent comments (view all 4,039 comments)

Vito on September 10, 2014 at 6:14 am

Thanks for speaking out against that photo with the curtain open. I cringe every time I see it, a harsh reminder of what our theatres have changed for the worst. A naked screen must never be shown in a theatre like the Ziegfeld. Leave that to the little boxes they call theatres theses days. I too will click on to the proper picture to keep it alive thanks for the hint.

HowardBHaas on September 10, 2014 at 8:17 am

I like that photo, the one with the curtain. I posted it. I’ve taken my own photos but not as nice as this one. During the years we weren’t allowed to post photos, somebody sent that photo to me with the request that I share it, which is what I did. Haven’t seen the curtain close at the Ziegfeld in a while, so can’t take new photos with current camera of it closed.

Today’s movie theaters are starting to also not even use masking! New multiplexes & redone movie houses have decided that with digital film, masking isn’t needed, even when the screen isn’t filled with the movie image. So we keep going further away from proper presentations….

cmbussmann on September 18, 2014 at 9:56 am

Hadn’t been to the Ziegfeld in awhile, not since Bow Tie took over, and I thought they had the place looking nice. My only complaint (I’m not as big on the curtain as others here are) is that the previews were way too loud, much louder than the feature. I was tempted to get my earplugs out!

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on September 18, 2014 at 10:27 am

I love this theater and make an attempt to go each time I am in NYC. Personally, I am not concerned with the curtain. I am more annoyed by rude audience members (using cell phones, talking, etc.) but they won’t keep me from going to the movies.

moviebuff82 on September 18, 2014 at 3:07 pm

This is the most famous Bow Tie Cinema in the world.

Mikeoaklandpark on September 18, 2014 at 5:09 pm

cmbussmann loud previews seems to be the thing. We have Regal and Carolina cinemas here and the loudness of the previews is ridiculous.

bigjoe59 on September 18, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Hello to All-

has anyone remembered what the last new studio film to play this theater on an exclusive run was? obviously such films as the restored Vertigo and the special 2 week runs of The Princess and the Frog and Dreamgirls before they opened wide don’t count. I can’t remember so thanks for the assistance.

AlAlvarez on September 19, 2014 at 1:37 pm

bigjoe59, the answer might be “EDWARD SCISSORHANDS”.

jw1968 on September 21, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Didn’t Moulin Rouge open exclusively at the Ziegfeld in May 2001?

AlAlvarez on September 21, 2014 at 3:14 pm

“MOULIN ROUGE” was exclusive only for two weeks. “EDWARD SCISSORHANDS” opened in the boroughs after three weeks, but the Ziegfeld run was a Manhattan exclusive for over two months.

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