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.

Recent comments (view all 4,043 comments)

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.

NYer on September 21, 2014 at 6:29 pm

20th Century Fox opened their animated “Anastasia” in a world wide exclusive on November 14 1997. Opening ad in photos.

bigjoe59 on September 22, 2014 at 4:20 pm

to Al A.–

you have always been most kind to help me with my inquiries so I have a good one.I hope you don’t mind me posting it on this page since I have no idea what page would be best. do you know of a site that would convert 1916 dollars to 2014 dollars? the reason i ask is simple. as you know at least 50% of feature films from the silent era are lost. one HUGE film from that era I have always wished would be found is A Daughter of the Gods from 1916 starring Annette Kellerman. it cost a cool $1,000,000 the 1st American film to do so. so I always wondered what that $1,000,000 of 1916 would be in 2014 dollars.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 22, 2014 at 5:15 pm

According to the New York Times, A Daughter of the Gods opened October 17, 1916 at the Lyric theater; review was headlined: KELLERMANN FILM SHOWN AT THE LYRIC; “Daughter of the Gods” an Elaborate Amphibious Picture for the Submersible Star."

AlAlvarez on September 22, 2014 at 6:28 pm


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