Paris Theatre

4 W. 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 209 comments)

cmbussmann on October 27, 2017 at 9:14 am

Am not a fan of reserved seating, especially at a place like the Paris. For one, it slows the ticket line down. As well, I like to sit in the balcony but sometimes the older patrons here doze off and snore so then I move downstairs.

Antoine Doinel
Antoine Doinel on November 5, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Reserved seating is AWESOME!!!! Thank you City Cinemas for reserved seating! General admission seating is for animals! Reserved seating is great! Reserve your tickets and seats in advance, and donkt worry about standing in line or having to get there early! It’s the civilized way to see a film, and reserved seating has long been the norm internationally. Finally the U.S. catches up. I’m very pleased with this. It’s the way all cinemas should be!

moviebuff82 on November 14, 2017 at 10:19 am

Reserved seating first debuted in USA for road show releases during the golden age of Hollywood but it took awhile for mainstream cinema chains to accept it.

Antoine Doinel
Antoine Doinel on November 17, 2017 at 8:05 am

Roadshows were special, and meant to be that way. It’s only in recent times that standard movie runs in the U.S. have adopted reserved seating. And it’s about time. I’m very happy about it. Like I said, “FINALLY!!!”

moviebuff82 on November 30, 2017 at 10:39 am

I agree. AMC really started this trend where I live especially for imax and dolby showings. Standard seating is still available for other screens.

moviebuff82 on December 30, 2017 at 11:22 am

The closing of the Lincoln plaza multiplex will impact this theater a lot.

bigjoe59 on February 20, 2018 at 4:09 pm


whoever books films for the Paris knows their stuff. the last few years whatever Oscar bait film opened in Nov. usually stays till the beginning' of April.

moviebuff82 on April 8, 2018 at 10:32 am

This year marks 70 years since this theater opened. It is the oldest art house theater in NYC that is still operating.

HowardBHaas on April 8, 2018 at 11:44 am

Before “Victoria & Abdul” began in October, there had been a September closing for a couple weeks. All seats were reupholstered & new carpets were installed, too. I don’t need recliner chairs & since there’s many premieres & special events that need the full seating capacity, just as well since recliners greatly reduce the number of seats. Until then, in the balcony, seats in side sections were a darker color. Now all seats have the same color as the curtain. Yesterday, I enjoyed “Lean on Pete” which began its 1st week at the Paris.The Paris website lists as coming: “The Seagull” May 11, “Gauguin- Voyage de Tahiti” July 11 and “The Wife” Aug 3.

HowardBHaas on August 2, 2018 at 4:56 am

At other movie theaters, sometimes I must complain as house lights area left on during feature or even at a prestige area Philadelphia movie theater recently the movie didn’t fill the top, bottom or sides of the screen because staff had failed to check the setting before starting the movie! But, never ever do I need to worry about the Paris. Sunday, I enjoyed “Gauguin-Voyage de Tahiti” at the Paris & as always, everything was perfect- staff, air conditioning, bathrooms, concessions, seats, projection, sound, masking, and use of curtain before & after the movie. THIS is the way a movie theater is supposed to be run, for a proper presentation and the reason why this is one of my favorite movie theaters anywhere. Thanks to the owner, Mr. Solo, and the movie operator, City Cinemas. Website says “The Wife” starts Aug 17, “Colette” (wonderful poster in theater) starts Sept 21. “Mary Queen of Scotts” trailer was shown- I hope the Paris gets that.

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