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 177 comments)

rivest266 on September 24, 2013 at 3:55 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 on December 16, 2014 at 6:20 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 on December 16, 2014 at 6:40 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 on December 16, 2014 at 7:55 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 on December 16, 2014 at 8:14 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!

HowardBHaas on May 17, 2015 at 5:17 pm

The current feature, The Woman in Gold, like the prior feature, The Imitation Game, which ran for months, is not also at the AMC Sony Lincoln Center or on 42nd St (AMC Empire 25 or Regal E Walk). It is great the Paris can showcase a movie without it being everywhere else.

moviebuff82 on May 27, 2015 at 12:17 pm

Both of which were distributed by TWC.

Mikeoaklandpark on May 27, 2015 at 12:25 pm

That is what the Ziegfeld need is to have films showcased only at that theater.

mharmon999 on June 20, 2015 at 1:25 pm

This theatre will always be unique for the different types of films that play there that don’t play at the mega-plex theatres, also in 2015 it’s not easy for single movie houses to survive in NYC with the big mega theatres that have opened and rent being so high anywhere in NYC now. Hope this one stays around!

moviebuff82 on November 14, 2015 at 1:59 pm

I agree, mharmon999. The Paris is to indie and foreign films what the Ziegfeld is to blockbusters.

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