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 183 comments)

Mikeoaklandpark
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
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
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.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on December 14, 2015 at 5:32 am

The movie “Carol” began its Oscar showcasing in NYC & LA & has been doing well here. In the 1st weekend, the director & producer appeared on stage to chat. In the 2nd weekend the producer appeared.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on January 21, 2016 at 5:58 pm

the closing of the ziegfeld in a few weeks will make this the only single screen non-IMAX venue left in Manhattan.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 21, 2016 at 6:30 pm

The Walter Reade and Maysles are single screens.

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.

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