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 198 comments)

HowardBHaas on August 1, 2016 at 10:49 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.

cmbussmann on September 3, 2016 at 9:41 pm

4K restoration of Howard’s End at The Paris looks and sounds amazing! Go see it there!

HowardBHaas on September 4, 2016 at 2:10 pm

Anyone who wishes to see Howard’s End must do so soon as in its 2nd & last week. On opening night, director Ivory appeared. Website states “Come What May” (2015) opens Friday Sept 9 with Director Christian Carion & actor Matthew Rhys Q & A after the 7 PM show & with Carion after the 7 PM Saturday 9-10 show. Another movie “A Man Called Ove” starts Sept 30

HowardBHaas on March 8, 2017 at 3:14 pm

The movie “Lion” opened late November at the Paris & is still being showcased here! Paris website lists a new movie opening April 7, “Their Finest”

ERD on March 8, 2017 at 4:45 pm

As a youngster I went to to the Paris theatre with my family many times. Many enjoyable memories.

moviebuff82 on April 8, 2017 at 10:44 pm

Is this the only remaining single screen theater owned by a major chain left in Manhattan? Seems so.

HowardBHaas on September 15, 2017 at 12:20 am

from Facebook page-

The Paris Theatre will be Closed for Maintenance from Monday 9/11/17 through Thursday 9/21/17. While we’re sprucing up, visit our sister locations: The Beekman Theatre (NYC), City Cinemas 1, 2 & 3, East 86th St. Cinema, Village East Cinema and Angelika Film Center! We will re-open on 9/22 for our next film engagement, VICTORIA & ABDUL!

HowardBHaas on September 16, 2017 at 2:12 pm

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

xbs2034 on September 18, 2017 at 3:11 pm

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 9:45 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.

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