Ziegfeld Theatre

141 West 54th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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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.

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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 4, 2015 at 3:28 pm

http://nypost.com/2015/04/09/whats-next-for-the-endangered-ziegfeld-theatre/

http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2015/04/ziegfeld-museum.html

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2015/04/14/ziegfeld_theatre_icon_of_follies_and_red_carpets_may_close.php

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/new-yorks-ziegfeld-theatre-danger-786922

LuisV
LuisV on August 5, 2015 at 5:19 am

So, way back when I remember reading that Sheldon Solow, a Billionaire, owns the Ziegfeld AND the Paris Theatres and wanted to keep them as theaters. I was able to find proof that he definitely owns the Paris (he purchased it in the 90’s) but was not able to confirm that the owns the Ziegfeld. Wikipedia says that Cablesvision owns the Ziegfeld Building but I think that is incorrect. They just lease the property and they subleased it to Bow Tie for the remainder of their lease. What I don’t understand is why there is not a big movement to LANDMARK the Ziegfeld! It is old enough, it is architecturally and culturally important and is the land of the Movie Palaces to be constructed in the city. What more do we need?

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 5, 2015 at 6:39 am

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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 5, 2015 at 7:01 am

The Ziegfeld is owned by a conglomerate descendant of Kinney Parking that is tied to Time Warner and a myriad of mobsters.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 5, 2015 at 9:04 am

Ah, had some time to ID the owners- http://nypost.com/2013/07/17/fisher-bros-take-a-stake/ not mobsters, a leading NYC family

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisher_Brothers

LuisV
LuisV on August 5, 2015 at 2:31 pm

YAY! The Fishers are loaded too. Hopefully, they have a heart and will work to save this special piece of New York’s cultural and cinematic architectural history.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on August 6, 2015 at 3:09 pm

Hello-

if I understand the problem so to speak its that no matter how beloved the Ziegfeld is and no matter how well received a film might be said film is probably at 10-12 other theaters in Manhattan so naturally people will got to the theater closest to them. therefore the Ziegfeld has had a problem for a while meeting its weekly nut to use the old show biz term.

my new thought is this- even if this theater was able to meet its weekly nut on a regular basis would that actually be enough? I can’t tell you the number stores I have been shopping in all my life that closed not because they weren’t paying the rent as it were but because the land or building was worth wayyyyyyyyyyy more the store could ever bring in. to which with the value of Manhattan real estate I am surprised as I am delighted that the Ziegfeld has lasted this long. it and the Paris are the only 1st run single screen theaters left in Manhattan.

mhvbear
mhvbear on August 6, 2015 at 4:35 pm

I remember reading at one point years ago that nothing larger could be built there because the air rights were used on the building next door.

Logan5
Logan5 on August 24, 2015 at 5:15 pm

According to the book “The Beatles: The Ultimate Recording Guide” by Allen J. Wiener, Paul McCartney and Wings' 1980 concert film “Rockshow” (filmed during their 1976 North American tour) premiered on Wednesday November 26, 1980 at the Ziegfeld Theatre.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on August 25, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Hello-

mhvbear’s comment made me think of something interesting. the Coronet was for many years the Ziegfeld of San Francisco. well known for its projection and sound it premiered many of the most anticipated action/sci-fic/fantasy films of the past several years. which brings to my point. though it was meeting its weekly “nut” to use the old show biz term the land the theater was on was wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy more valuable than any $$$ the theater could possibly bring in. so a few back the theater was torn down and a medical facility now occupies the site.

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