Ziegfeld Theatre

141 West 54th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on August 25, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Hello-

mhvbear’s comment made me think of something interesting. the Coronet was for many years the Ziegfeld of San Francisco. well known for its projection and sound it premiered many of the most anticipated action/sci-fic/fantasy films of the past several years. which brings to my point. though it was meeting its weekly “nut” to use the old show biz term the land the theater was on was wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy more valuable than any $$$ the theater could possibly bring in. so a few back the theater was torn down and a medical facility now occupies the site.

Logan5
Logan5 on August 24, 2015 at 5:15 pm

According to the book “The Beatles: The Ultimate Recording Guide” by Allen J. Wiener, Paul McCartney and Wings' 1980 concert film “Rockshow” (filmed during their 1976 North American tour) premiered on Wednesday November 26, 1980 at the Ziegfeld Theatre.

mhvbear
mhvbear on August 6, 2015 at 4:35 pm

I remember reading at one point years ago that nothing larger could be built there because the air rights were used on the building next door.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on August 6, 2015 at 3:09 pm

Hello-

if I understand the problem so to speak its that no matter how beloved the Ziegfeld is and no matter how well received a film might be said film is probably at 10-12 other theaters in Manhattan so naturally people will got to the theater closest to them. therefore the Ziegfeld has had a problem for a while meeting its weekly nut to use the old show biz term.

my new thought is this- even if this theater was able to meet its weekly nut on a regular basis would that actually be enough? I can’t tell you the number stores I have been shopping in all my life that closed not because they weren’t paying the rent as it were but because the land or building was worth wayyyyyyyyyyy more the store could ever bring in. to which with the value of Manhattan real estate I am surprised as I am delighted that the Ziegfeld has lasted this long. it and the Paris are the only 1st run single screen theaters left in Manhattan.

LuisV
LuisV on August 5, 2015 at 2:31 pm

YAY! The Fishers are loaded too. Hopefully, they have a heart and will work to save this special piece of New York’s cultural and cinematic architectural history.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 5, 2015 at 9:04 am

Ah, had some time to ID the owners- http://nypost.com/2013/07/17/fisher-bros-take-a-stake/ not mobsters, a leading NYC family

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisher_Brothers

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 5, 2015 at 7:01 am

The Ziegfeld is owned by a conglomerate descendant of Kinney Parking that is tied to Time Warner and a myriad of mobsters.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 5, 2015 at 6:39 am

Solow owns the Paris & does want to keep it as a cinema, though note that he’s in his 80s & I don’t know what happens after him. When years ago, I looked online for Ziegfeld owner, it is someone else, another individual who is a successful owner of Manhattan real estate.

LuisV
LuisV on August 5, 2015 at 5:19 am

So, way back when I remember reading that Sheldon Solow, a Billionaire, owns the Ziegfeld AND the Paris Theatres and wanted to keep them as theaters. I was able to find proof that he definitely owns the Paris (he purchased it in the 90’s) but was not able to confirm that the owns the Ziegfeld. Wikipedia says that Cablesvision owns the Ziegfeld Building but I think that is incorrect. They just lease the property and they subleased it to Bow Tie for the remainder of their lease. What I don’t understand is why there is not a big movement to LANDMARK the Ziegfeld! It is old enough, it is architecturally and culturally important and is the land of the Movie Palaces to be constructed in the city. What more do we need?

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 4, 2015 at 3:28 pm

http://nypost.com/2015/04/09/whats-next-for-the-endangered-ziegfeld-theatre/

http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2015/04/ziegfeld-museum.html

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2015/04/14/ziegfeld_theatre_icon_of_follies_and_red_carpets_may_close.php

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/new-yorks-ziegfeld-theatre-danger-786922

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on August 4, 2015 at 3:13 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.

markp
markp on August 4, 2015 at 2:15 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
bigjoe59 on August 4, 2015 at 1:58 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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 4, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Cablevision owns the theatre lease, not the building.

fred1
fred1 on August 4, 2015 at 12:13 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.

xbs2034
xbs2034 on August 4, 2015 at 7:42 am

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.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 3, 2015 at 3:35 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.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on August 3, 2015 at 2:11 pm

Hello-

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
HowardBHaas on August 2, 2015 at 12:42 pm

I don’t speak for Bow Tie but I will say Bow Tie is still operating the Ziegfeld. Walter Reade’s return is only the historic nameplate.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on August 2, 2015 at 12:37 pm

Did Bow Tie take their sign down? I know Walter Reade Theaters have been long sold off but it would be great if their family restarted the company by taking over this wonderful gem.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 2, 2015 at 6:07 am

I saw the new Mission Impossible movie at the Ziegfeld yesterday, with great projection & surround sound. As has been the pattern for some time, the curtain isn’t used for regular movies but I was told by someone in charge (not on scene) that it works just fine! On the theater marquee can be seen A Walter Reade Theater, for the 1st time since in years since before the current operator BowTie put their nameplate there, Clearview covered it up with their own nameplate. This year’s news reports have indicated that the Ziegfeld’s future is endangered, so visit & enjoy while open!

xbs2034
xbs2034 on July 3, 2015 at 9:07 am

It would be great if they fixed the curtain and used it for all screenings. But when we know the theater loses a lot of money and may be closing soon (obviously nobody knows outside of Cablevision/BowTie but I wouldn’t be shocked if they close the theater after the summer movie season as that usually is a slow time for the Ziegfeld), I don’t think they are looking to spend even a couple thousand on a fix which is not necessary for the theater to operate normally.

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.