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 205 comments)

HowardBHaas on September 16, 2017 at 6:12 am

I asked in person yesterday. Just cleaning, no major changes (thankfully).

xbs2034 on September 18, 2017 at 7:11 am

There is reserved seating and a slightly higher ticket price ($17, which I believe is a buck or two higher than before) accompanying the re-opening.

Hopefully they would at least update the cushioning on the seats as those have seen some wear and tear and are not the most comfortable, but yes they should still keep the classic movie palace feel, including continuing their use of curtains which open with the previews before each show.

bigjoe59 on October 20, 2017 at 1:45 pm


i went to see Victoria and Abdul the day after it opened which I enjoyed a great deal but. i find the new reserve seating policy annoying. when i got on line it went from the box office to the corner of the Bergdorf Goodman building. because there’s only one ticket seller and you have to pick a seat from the little screen it took forever to get from the corner of the BG building to the box office. if the theater was looking for a way to raise prices just do so. the reserved seat policy is a waste of time.

moviebuff82 on October 25, 2017 at 10:36 am

That stinks. Pretty soon every theater will have it. Manhattan is very high volume compared to the jersey suburbs . No wonder why more people are watching movies at home instead of heading out to a movie.

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.

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