Ziegfeld Theatre

141 West 54th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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movieguy
movieguy on June 25, 2015 at 11:53 am

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

markp
markp on June 25, 2015 at 11:04 am

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

movieguy
movieguy on June 24, 2015 at 5:31 pm

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

movieguy
movieguy on June 24, 2015 at 5:30 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.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 24, 2015 at 5:18 pm

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

markp
markp on June 24, 2015 at 9:05 am

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.

jomalley
jomalley on June 23, 2015 at 6:54 pm

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

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 23, 2015 at 1:22 pm

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

StanMalone
StanMalone on June 23, 2015 at 7:10 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.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on June 22, 2015 at 6:48 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.

walterk
walterk on June 22, 2015 at 5:50 pm

Fears seem to stem from a statement made in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter by Cablevision CEO James Dolan this past April. Here’s the question and his answer:

Q: You run the Ziegfeld Theatre, which is said to be unprofitable. Are you going to close it?

A: Probably. Yeah. [It] loses a lot of money. The theater business is a tough business.

The link above is to an article about what Dolan said in the interview and was posted here over 2 months ago, not the interview itself. I will post a link to that if anybody asks, but this was the only mention of the Ziegfeld in that interview.

Cablevision was quick to issue a statement that said the Ziegfeld would remain open for the “foreseeable future”. Most take that to mean they are looking for somebody to take over the lease, which is reported to run till 2018. If they don’t… well, they can close it anytime they choose.

If they can’t find someone and continue to lose money till the lease is up, who will take it over and keep it a single screen? Endangered is a term that comes to mind when talking about the status of the Ziegfeld.

I found this article by NY Post film critic Lou Lumenick from April worth the read and perhaps some discussion of its content.

hdtv267
hdtv267 on June 21, 2015 at 3:21 pm

yes please. I agree with bigjoe, if someone is going to come on here and make such a bold statement with such an iconic venue allegedly closing, I really wish someone would cite these “reports” instead of coming on here and polluting this once great blog with such unsubstantiated drivel.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on June 21, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Hello-

when was the last report either online or in newspapers that this theater could actually close at anytime?

markp
markp on June 21, 2015 at 10:00 am

THeres got to be someone, anyone who has a love of cinema or a ton of money who could take this place over and keep it going like has happened in many other cities around the country. Christ, at this point I wish Tarantino would take it over. At least we know film would always be there.

cblanc10708
cblanc10708 on June 21, 2015 at 9:55 am

With the continuing reports of the theater closing at anytime, I appreciate each screening I attend.

xbs2034
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.

JSA
JSA on April 15, 2015 at 9:22 pm

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

JSA

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…

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

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

RobertEndres
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.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on April 15, 2015 at 11:13 am

corporate synergy…

LuisV
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.

BobbyS
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.

bigjoe59
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.

Mikeoaklandpark
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