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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bigjoe59 on August 3, 2015 at 10:11 pm


I went to the first screening of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation which was 10:45 a.m. yesterday Sun. 8/2. and I agree with Howard H. that the projection and sound were A+. but I was saddene to see that at most there were 25? people in the audience. there were a lot more people buying tickets for the next showing.

also what is all this talk about the eminent closing of this theater? I read all three NYC papers and lots on the web but have not come across anything that recent. are there links to these rather recent articles about the alleged eminent closing of the Ziegfeld?

HowardBHaas on August 3, 2015 at 11:35 pm

Scroll back or google “Ziegfeld may close” as the prior operator Cablevision (Cleaview)is losing money paying the rent. BowTie is operating it under that arrangement.

xbs2034 on August 4, 2015 at 3:42 pm

I went to Mission Impossible here as well (also saw Ant-Man a couple weeks back as I want to go here as much as possible if it is indeed closing soon). And actually, not only was the presentation quality great as usual, but at that showing (7:30 PM Friday) there was a decent crowd of a couple hundred people- not nearly sold out but more than I usually see there.

fred1 on August 4, 2015 at 8:13 pm

This theater is still owned by Cablevison and operated by Bowtie. Once Cablevision able to find a buyer for the building the theater will ceased operation.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 4, 2015 at 8:56 pm

Cablevision owns the theatre lease, not the building.

bigjoe59 on August 4, 2015 at 9:58 pm

Hello Again-

as did xbs2034 I found the projection and audio first rate. I have friends who have never been here and highly recommend they visit it.

now every so often a poster on this page mentions the Ziegfeld’s “eminent closing”. unless a poster has rock solid reliable uncontestable info as to this theater’s “eminent closing” please don’t get fans of this theater worried about the theater’s demise with just vague oft repeated rumors.

markp on August 4, 2015 at 10:15 pm

I heard many years ago, and perhaps someone here can confirm it, that the owners of the building want a movie theatre here and years ago wouldnt let Cineplex (I believe) twin it or alter it. If this is the case, then theres hope another chain or operator will come along.

bigjoe59 on August 4, 2015 at 11:13 pm

Hello Again-

I hope markp’s comment is true. considering its beloved place in NYC moviegoing I can’t see this theater being torn down or repurposed. so again I wish posters would stop continuing to mention the theater’s eminent demise unless they have rock solid proof not some vague rumor.

HowardBHaas on August 4, 2015 at 11:28 pm





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