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

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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on January 25, 2016 at 1:44 pm

None of these three single screen theaters will show big budget blockbusters when the Ziegfeld closes on Friday.

John Miller
John Miller on January 27, 2016 at 8:21 pm

There was a newspaper story that said the same thing, that the Paris was the last single-screen, non-IMAX auditorium in Manhattan after the Ziegfeld closing. I think that bad information is going around. As you said, there is the Walter Reade, which has a bit of a connection with the Ziegfeld, which began as a Walter Reade theater. While they have multiple screens, MoMA’s Theater 1 has 400-seats and a single-screen feeling. If you have a nostalgia for 1970’s-era auditoriums, you’ll especially like it! (Yeah, there is likely NO one who is nostalgic for that). Their programming is good, though! I would personally recommend Museum of the Moving Image’s theater in Astoria. For those unfamiliar, they do 70mm and digital revival screenings, plus advanced screenings and guest filmmaker appearances. Great screen, and impressive sound!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 27, 2016 at 8:29 pm

…and the Paris ran Hollywood arty ‘blockbusters’ like “ROMEO AND JULIET” and “HOWARD’S END”.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on January 28, 2016 at 4:51 am

It isn’t a single screen & I haven’t been there in a long time, but the Loews auditorium of the AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 is ornate, has a balcony, and was designed to resemble an old fashioned movie palace. And, shows mainstream blockbusters.

the MOMA theater 1 was remodeled in 1976 but originally opened in 1939.

The Village East also has a historic auditorium, though that theater wasn’t originally for movies.

Since the Tower East (72nd St) closed, the movies I’ve traveled from Philly to NYC were for the Paris & the Ziegfeld. I may try the others, but I am thankful for the Paris & will continue to see wonderful, art movies here.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 10, 2016 at 3:47 pm

Does this theater have recliners and reserved seating?

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on May 10, 2016 at 3:49 pm

No recliners nor reserved seating nor as far as I am concerned do I need them. The movie operator has them at their nearby City Cinemas 1,2,3.

mhvbear
mhvbear on August 1, 2016 at 12:27 pm

The Paris is still showing “Love and Friendship” which has been showing all summer. The next movie will be 25th Anniversary of Merchant & Ivory’s “Howard’s End” the end of August. This film played here on it’s original release March of 92. “Cafe Society” is playing at the Cinema 1.

SethLewis
SethLewis on August 1, 2016 at 2:41 pm

According to the City Cinemas web site Madre Mia opening August 5th This theatre is hard to book for and pictures here deserve at least a month if not more

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 1, 2016 at 2:49 pm

Seth, what you are speaking about? I not only couldn’t find Madre Mia on Internet as opening as this theater, but I telephoned the Paris today again, as I had last week. As stated above, Howard’s End is next.

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