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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Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on November 18, 2014 at 4:48 am

Just got back from the premiere of The Imitation Game at the Ziegfeld. Harvey Weinstein and most of the actors in the movie (Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Charles Dance, etc.) were there. What puzzled me was that they didn’t use the curtains for this big event, leaving the blank screen exposed at all times. They would have added a nice touch of class to the proceedings.

The movie was very good, if not quite the Oscar juggernaut Harvey thinks it is. He has a great Oscar track record, so I could be wrong about that.

bigjoe59 on November 18, 2014 at 10:19 pm

to Bill H.–

I know what you mean about Oscar bait films not living up to the hype. I saw Birdman based on all the Oscar juggernaut/hoopla talk. well it was 2hrs. of my life wasted i’ll never get back. and the final third or resolution section of Gone Girl totally ruined the film for me.

bigjoe59 on November 23, 2014 at 8:30 pm


since this is the movie theater in Manhattan today i have a question for my fellow Ziegfeld devotees. the 1st time movies or flickers as they were called were projected on screen in a theater before a paying audience was the night of April 25, 1896 at Koster and Bail’s Music Hall on 34th St.. and the rest as they say is history. now for the first several of the biz whatever “movie theaters” existed in Manhattan were music halls, vaudville theaters, legitmate theaters or decent sized unused retail spaces that were simply converted top show movies.

which is where my question comes in. i have been trying to determine what was the 1st theater built in Manhattan brick by brick by the ground up with the purpose of being a picture house to use the old term. anyone have any clues?

moviebuff82 on November 30, 2014 at 7:23 pm

The Hunger games mockingjay is playing at this theater. I’d like to see the new star wars at this theater next year in 3d lol.

mhvbear on December 12, 2014 at 2:40 pm

‘Into the Woods’ opens here on Christmas eve. Will be attending one of the shows on Christmas Day.

LuisV on December 12, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Christmas EVE?? All day Christmas Eve??? Hmmmm……I’m changing my plans!

mhvbear on December 12, 2014 at 6:16 pm

One show listed for 12/24. 7:00 PM.

LuisV on December 12, 2014 at 6:33 pm

Rats! I would have gone earlier in the day! Will have to wait until Christmas Day!

Mikeoaklandpark on December 12, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Very glad Disney had the world premiere of Into The Woods here at the Ziegfeld and not at the El Capitan in CA. It seems to have been on Dec 8

moviebuff82 on December 17, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Will this theater show the new Star wars movie in 3d?

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