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 173 comments)

markp
markp on February 13, 2012 at 11:14 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 9:55 am

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

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 20, 2012 at 6:38 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 9:31 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
smk682 on October 10, 2012 at 2:06 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
rivest266 on September 24, 2013 at 6:55 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.

cmbussmann
cmbussmann on December 16, 2014 at 9:20 am

I really would have enjoyed The Imitation Game at the Paris last night but the audience was awful. Lots of talking and texting. The film itself was fine, well projected with great audio but the patrons there are getting ever ruder.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on December 16, 2014 at 9:40 am

I saw the movie the Sunday before last Sunday at the first afternoon show. It was a sold out crowd, every seat taken. I was in the balcony. There was no talking during the movie. I did see a ray of light a couple of times but that was it in terms of device using by audience.

curmudgeon
curmudgeon on December 16, 2014 at 10:55 am

I simply loved this cinema when visiting NY a few years back. Superb presentation (along with Screen tabs that they actually used) Such an intimate and welcoming atmosphere, and a sense of real showmanship surviving So much more inviting than the cold and lifeless atmosphere I experienced at the Ziegfeld, with a blank screen and deathly silence being my first impression of this much praised theatre. Showmanship was absolutely zilch! Admittedly, I’m sure the Paris does not have the latest gimmicks ie 3D/Atmos/Imax/and every other hi-tech state-of-the-art (sic) gimmick that appeals so much to the pop-corn brigade, but the quality film that I saw (top class script, story, acting) was a feast in itself that needed no gimmicks to provide first class entertainment. It was also a pleasure to be seated amongst like-minded audiences who were so well behaved and enjoying a similar experience. I do hope that Paris staff will be vigilant and send disruptive audience members back to the multiplexes where they belong.

LuisV
LuisV on December 16, 2014 at 11:14 am

I usually have an amazing experience when visiting the Ziegfeld; including recent visits to see Interstellar (when the curtains were used) and Mockingjay (when they were not). I do wish they used the curtains at ALL times. I will be back on Christmas Day to see Into The Woods!

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