Ziegfeld Theatre

141 West 54th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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Ziegfeld Theatre

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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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bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on June 22, 2015 at 9:48 pm

Hello-

the main reason for the Ziegfeld’s often mentioned possible closing is its unprofitable status. but I find something even more fascinating. even if it was fairly profitable and met its weekly nut I am sure the land underneath it is wayyyyyyy more valuable than any $$$ the theater could possibly bring in. so I am surprised it hasn’t been sold for that very reason.

StanMalone
StanMalone on June 23, 2015 at 10:10 am

Thank you Walter for that well written and informative comment. I am only occasional visitor to NYC but I used to work for Loew’s and Walter Reade so I enjoy following the comments for these NYC theatres. Although I am sure it was old news to New Yorkers I enjoyed the article in the Post that you linked to as well as a link in the article about some of the long gone NYC theatres.

Atlanta has done even worse than New York when it comes to plowing under its theatre history and replacing it with the slick megaplexes of today. One survivor which might be of interest to followers of this page is the old Martin Rialto which is almost an exact duplicate of the Ziegfeld. Since it was built in 1962 you could even say the Ziegfeld is a copy of the Rialto.

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/11417

On the Rialto page are some photos from which anyone who has attended the Ziegfeld can see the resemblence. There are also photos of the Rialto today in its role as the performing arts center for Georgia State University.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 23, 2015 at 4:22 pm

I hope star wars plays at this theater if the theater is still around…

jomalley
jomalley on June 23, 2015 at 9:54 pm

Hey moviebuff82 you seems to be very knowledgeable about formats and projection stuff. Wondering how you learned this?

markp
markp on June 24, 2015 at 12:05 pm

You can learn anything on the internet these days. But if you were like me, then you actually worked with the different formats. During my 39 years as a projectionist, I worked with 16, 35, and 70MM film, 15/70 IMAX, Digital. Aspect ratios of 1.37, 1.66, 1.75, 1.85, 2.25, 2.35, 2.55. Thats about all you need to know back then to put on a good show.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 24, 2015 at 8:18 pm

And how to push the button to close the frikkin curtain…

movieguy
movieguy on June 24, 2015 at 8:30 pm

The last time I went to the Ziegfeld to see the second best exotic Marigold Hotel. I spoke to some of the employees to inquire why the curtain is not being used anymore. As I know they used it during interstellar. To boil it down they basically said that the mechanism had broken during one showing of interstellar. To boil it down they basically said that the mechanism was broken and it needed to be fixed but they weren’t sure if bowtie Was going to invest the money to fix it.

movieguy
movieguy on June 24, 2015 at 8:31 pm

I am sure the theater will still be open and showing movies on the Dec 19th 2015 when Star Wars opens

markp
markp on June 25, 2015 at 2:04 pm

Yes Mike (saps) I use to open and close the curtain and raise and lower the lights.

movieguy
movieguy on June 25, 2015 at 2:53 pm

They really should fix the curtain I don’t think it’ll be much spent a couple thousand at most. What is the point of having a nice thick Curtian that doesn’t open and close!! It just hangs there sadly

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