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.

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HowardBHaas on December 26, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Was happy to enjoy Into the Woods this afternoon there, with a crowd. Had its world premiere at the Ziegfeld on December 8.

curmudgeon on December 27, 2014 at 5:26 am

Hi Howard, was the crowd treated to some showmanship and the use of curtains?

Frankie5Angels on January 10, 2015 at 5:00 am

Touching on what Curmudgeon said on Dec.27, the last film I saw there was Steven Soderbergh’s “Che"… both parts were shown and during the intermission, the projectionist switched screen formats to accommodate the 2nd part (using focus grids) along with re-aligning the curtains, sort of film nerdish of me, but I found it a treat. Ziegfeld rules.

NYer on January 10, 2015 at 5:56 am

Saw “Into The Woods” on New Year’s Eve. It’s time for Bow Tie to stand up. Yes, I know this house isn’t a consistent sell out. But it is, without question, as everyone here knows, one of the world’s premiere theatres, literally, holding dozens of east coast premieres a year. Movie stars and film makers seen all over the globe posing at the opening of their major motion pictures in this beautiful cinema treasure. And she’s a wonderful state of the art hall that us mere mortals can experience movies at their best.

The first offense was walking to the front doors to see all the one sheet cases in dire conditions. They haven’t been updated in decades. Old dirty looking fabric, faded old metal frames and all three cases having wrinkled ill installed one sheets. Don’t think Meryl Streep, who attended the World Premiere of the film just a few weeks before would have appreciated seeing her image practically falling out of the frame. C'mon, how much does a few yards of red velvet and some new frames cost?

Then, my favorite seat was once again broken. Pull the seat down and it lowers practically to the floor. It’s time for new seats. This grand lady doesn’t need big leather recliners, but the hard metal old lumpy stuffed ones have seen their prime. If you are charging $15.00 for a feature and $19.00 for 3D, a comfortable seat is not unreasonable.

I can accept the digital pre-show, I get it, but this is not some neighborhood dive, this is New York’s Bowtie Ziegfeld Theater. No one needs or more importantly, wants six trailers. It’s not 1975, trailers are everywhere and we’ve seen them all before we walk into the auditorium. Three trailers, the next attraction, the one that might come attached to the feature and one more is more than enough. After six, commercials, and policy, the audience is exhausted.

The staff, as always were wonderful, honestly, the best in the city. One couldn’t ask for a more friendly, courteous crew, who understand who their patrons are and care. Ushers, concession, management, all wishing this nice size early matinee crowd a happy new. I hope it is a happy new year for Bowtie’s Ziegfeld Theatre and her staff. They deserve it.

mhvbear on January 10, 2015 at 2:44 pm

Since 2013, the Ziegfeld has been managed by Bow Tie Cinemas, on behalf of Cablevision, which owns the theater (the theater was previously part of the Clearview Cinemas theater chain prior to the chain’s sale to Bow Tie; the actual ownership of the Ziegfield building was excluded from the sale).

It would then be Cablevision’s decision to update the seats,

movieguy on January 10, 2015 at 2:57 pm

I went to see out of the woods for the 7:30 PM screening I New Year’s Day January 1, 2015. There was a very good attendance I’m happy to report. Looked like to me about 550 people. Quite a good turnout. Sadly they did not use the curtains. I want to find a manager after the show to ask them why they did not use the curtains, because they were used for the 70 mm showing of interstellar in November 2014.I had to hustle to make the train back home. Here a tip to save on the $15 admission. BJ’s Wholesale Club as well as Cosco or if you’re AAA member. You have the option of buying tickets for any bowtie cinema. They only cost seven dollars. Then when you bring the voucher to the box office at the Ziegfeld. You pay one dollar surcharge. So that’s $8.00 vs & 15 quite a savings.

markp on January 10, 2015 at 3:47 pm

Thanks for the tip movieguy. Sadly when my wife and I went to see Interstellar on Veterans Day, the curtain wasn’t used. I went to the Ziegfeld on purpose cause A) I was never there. B)I wanted to see the movie on film, and C) I wanted to see the curtain. Well 2 out of 3 aint too bad. I had later found out from Joe Masher that there was a technician in the building that day and that’s why the curtain wasn’t used. But the rest of the time, theres no excuse.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 10, 2015 at 6:31 pm

I don’t think Cablevision owns the actual building but has a long-term lease on the site.

LuisV on January 11, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Cablevision does NOT owns the site/building. It is owned by a billionaire whose name escapes me.

Grandier on January 18, 2015 at 8:35 pm

I haven’t seen the curtains open at the Ziegfeld in years. I keep hoping it’s going to happen, and I catch 6-10 films a year there, but the curtains are always open when we walk in, even at the world premiere of Led Zeppelin’s movie with the band in attendance. Just a white screen.

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