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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Mikeoaklandpark on April 13, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Big Joe I agree and wonder why The Paris can get mostly exclusive first run films but the Ziegfeld can’t

bigjoe59 on April 13, 2015 at 1:54 pm

to Mikeoaklandpark-

its funny you should mention the Paris since the Ziegfeld and the Paris are the only two single screen 1st run theaters left in Manhattan. and to answer your question as to why the Paris unlike the Ziegfeld still gets exclusive 1st runs. the Paris has always been an art house and has never to the best of my knowledge shown big studio type films. so while it has shown many prestigious award winning films, most recently The Imitation Game whatever films play at the Paris only get art house releases.

BobbyS on April 15, 2015 at 8:57 am

Great idea NYer about Disney taking over operations like the El Capitan in LA. It would put the Ziegfeld back on the map. Maybe you can write to someone about the posibility.

LuisV on April 15, 2015 at 11:07 am

Agreed about Disney! We cannot lose this theater. I also don’t understand why this theater is not landmarked. It is a beautiful example of a 60’s Movie Palace, the last of its kind and should be preserved.

moviebuff82 on April 15, 2015 at 11:13 am

corporate synergy…

RobertEndres on April 15, 2015 at 12:59 pm

As an alternative: How about Dolby taking over the Zieg as it did the former Kodak theatre in Los Angeles? The Dolby New York offices and two screening rooms are right across the Avenue of the Americas from the Ziegfeld, and it would be a nifty site for both a Dolby Atmos installation and the Dolby Vision projectors which use laser illumination.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 15, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Does the Dolby Theater in LA show movies on a regular basis?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 15, 2015 at 3:08 pm

One booking change to this house I have notice is that they no longer hold their features forever; they seem to get a new picture every couple of weeks…

JSA on April 15, 2015 at 9:22 pm

No regular movies at Dolby in LA. Mostly live performances.


xbs2034 on May 3, 2015 at 8:40 pm

Saw Avengers: Age of Ultron here on its opening Friday night: the middle section was nearly full, but the sides and the balcony mostly empty.

My friend (who either has never been to the Ziegfeld or not in years) also really liked the theater- certainly hope something is worked out so it can remain open.

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