Paris Theatre

4 West 58th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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The first of the post-war movie houses constructed in Manhattan, the Paris Theatre is directly across from the Plaza Hotel and not much further from the beginning of Central Park.

The Paris Theatre opened on September 13, 1948, with Marlene Dietrich cutting the ribbon in the presence of the Ambassador to France. The original movie operator, Pathe, ran the theatre until 1990. Loew’s then took over, and the theatre was known for a while as the Fine Arts Theatre. Renamed the Paris Theatre, as of 2009, City Cinemas is the movie operator.

This luxurious art house in Manhattan’s Midtown has an Art Moderne exterior. The auditorium has blue velvet walls and seating for 421 on the main floor and in the 150 in the balcony. It has excellent projection and sound. The atmosphere is elegant, including with well attired and helpful staff.

The Paris Theatre is one of the very best places to see art house films in New York. As its name implies, the Paris has an affinity for playing foreign films (especially French films). Many premieres have been hosted by the Paris Theatre.

Contributed by Ross Melnick, Howard B. Haas

Recent comments (view all 169 comments)

hdtv267 on January 24, 2012 at 7:04 pm

@Howard. I was at the 10:30 am showing. Forgive how long its been for my reply. I’ve not been spending much time on this site lately. Since the change over, its gone a bit downhill, certain theaters still have drivel posted to them, so Id rather not waste my time.

HowardBHaas on January 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm

HDTV, an early showing! As I’m listed in the credits, I’m kind of an official volunteer here. If you see outright “spam” email me directly so I will have it removed. There are trivial postings, can’t help that, but this website has more interesting postings than many other blogs.

hdtv267 on January 25, 2012 at 5:19 pm

yes, I’m an early bird. I’ve reported my share of spam on here. However one grows tired seeing inane posts in certain theaters where when thats all that they have to say when clearly below it says “stay on topic”

I’ve found many other interesting blogs with great information and none of the drivel.

HowardBHaas on February 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I enjoyed Hamlet in 70mm at the Paris. It was the 2nd to last “new” (not classic or restored classic) 70mm film (filmed that way or blow up) that I saw. “Titantic” a couple years later was the last.

markp on February 13, 2012 at 10:14 am

Its too bad we will never see 70mm again, now that all movies (I cant call them FILMS if they are digital) are going digital. The last film I personally projected in 70mm was in 1989, “The Abyss”

Amber J. Michaud
Amber J. Michaud on May 12, 2012 at 8:55 am

This would be the best place to look out for when I am ever interested in watching a French film.

moviebuff82 on May 20, 2012 at 5:38 pm

The last 70mm non-imax film that i saw at a theater was a documentary about Williamsburg made in 1957 that lacks the opening and closing credits of the 35mm version. That version is the longest running 70mm film ever. As for the Paris, it’s NYC’s version of Cinema Paradiso.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 21, 2012 at 8:31 am

Hey moviebuff82… The landmark installation of “Williamsburg: the Portrait of a Patriot,” which has been shown daily to vistors at Colonial Williamsburg, VA, for the past 55 years, was actually shot on horizontal 35mm VistaVision. It was eventually printed on 70mm film when the original negative was restored in the early 2000’s.

smk682 on October 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Saw “Romeo and Juliet” in the late “60’s at The Paris…it played for about two years there, I believe, and my friends and I took the opportunity to go see it several times.

As for the Williamsburg flick, it played in the red theater and the blue theater at the visitors center. Jack Lord was the Patriot John Fry.

rivest266 on September 24, 2013 at 5:55 pm

13 septembre 1948 Grand-annonce d'ouverture a été transféré dans la section photo pour ce cinéma.

September 13th, 1948 grand opening ad has been uploaded in the photo section for this cinema.

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