Paris Theatre

4 W. 58th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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markp on May 31, 2020 at 1:29 pm

Regarding 70MM, before this shut down, the projection room was being renovated to reel to reel projectors for 35MM and 70MM. The platter system will be removed.

bigjoe59 on February 28, 2020 at 2:38 pm


to Howard B. thanks for your reply. for me more advertising doesn’t make a theater “better maintained”. so I would greatly appreciate it if xbs2034 could reply as to their meaning of “better maintained then in the City Cinemas days”. for me the Paris has always been the best maintained movie theater in Manhattan so I am intrigued as to what exactly xbs2034 meant.

HowardBHaas on February 27, 2020 at 4:30 pm

I’ve been seeing movies at the Paris every other month or so for many years. City Cinemas closed the Paris for a couple weeks in 2007 prior to Victoria and Abdul, and reupholstered chairs. The Paris looked very good in all functional aspects to me then. With Netflix, the changes that I saw were exterior: front doors papered over with movie promotion, windows above marquee also so. And, Netflix put movie “stills” in the lobby’s horizontal poster case, a practice that for the most part had not been done in many years at the Paris. So, in those aspects, Netflix added some razzle dazzle to the Paris. I didn’t scrutinize the difference in concession offerings. There was no difference in the Mens restroom which has always been fine. Netflix also upgraded the digital projection from 2k to 4k as to DCPs. City Cinemas had installed 7.1 surround, which is what Netflix also has used at the theater, but the surround sound did seem better after Netflix tookover.

bigjoe59 on January 23, 2020 at 2:29 pm


to xbs2034- prior to its August 2019 closing i thought theater was always well maintained, helpful staff, clean men’s room etc…… baring this in mind could you please be specific as to what you mean by “looked to be better maintained than its City Cinemas days”?

HowardBHaas on January 22, 2020 at 7:39 pm

Yes, the Paris is selling refreshments.

ridethectrain on January 22, 2020 at 7:36 pm

Does the Paris still selling refreshments since Netflix is the running the theatre? I remember prior to Loews taking control, the theatre didn’t sell refreshments.

HowardBHaas on January 19, 2020 at 5:44 pm

Tuesday, Jan 21, are the only screenings of The Irishman which are at 10 AM & 8 PM. After Jan 21, the films mentioned above but not The Irishman, are listed thru the end of the month.

xbs2034 on January 19, 2020 at 3:00 pm

I saw the animated feature nominee Klaus today, my first visit to the theater since the reopening.

Looked to be better maintained than its City Cinemas days, though sadly just a few people there. The ushers did mention Netflix plans to do renovations starting in March, so maybe there will be more advertising for the theater after that.

HowardBHaas on January 17, 2020 at 4:06 am

From today thru Tuesday, in addition to Marriage Story and The Two Popes, Netflix is showing docus The Edge of Democracy (today) and American Factory (Saturday & Sunday) & for the 1st time, animated films Klaus (today, Sunday, Monday) & I Lost My Body (Saturday, Monday)These Netflix films are all Oscar nominated. Netflix has more Oscar nominations this year than any other studio. Check Fandango for times.

HowardBHaas on December 29, 2019 at 6:31 am

The theater itself does not yet have a website or Facebook presence, but both Fandango and Showtimes (both have all the times.

curmudgeon on December 29, 2019 at 6:01 am

Is there a current website for the Paris theatre with session details?

bigjoe59 on December 28, 2019 at 10:51 am


has anyone heard anything on the grape wine per se as to whether Netflix will allow films from other studios to be shown. I remember when this theater closed at the end of August Tom Bernard the co-head of Sony Pictures Classics lamented the loss their favorite theater for showcasing their Oscar Bait films. lets face it considering how many original films Netflix streams the vast majority are simply not in the same class as Marriage Story or The Two Popes.

HowardBHaas on December 28, 2019 at 5:21 am

I enjoyed “The Two Popes” yesterday with awesome surround sound. I added photos of the marquee side panels with that movie. “Marriage Story” is still playing as well (and retains the marquee’s front panel, the graphics in the window above, and the lobby’s horizontal display case graphics). For Jan 2 thru Jan 7, four Netflix docus will play- American Factory, The Edge of Documentary, The Great Hack, and Knock Down the House. Then as of Jan 8, Marriage Story and The Two Popes start to show again.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 28, 2019 at 5:45 pm

I think the most important thing here is to be thankful (today especially) that we have the opportunity to see any films at all at the Paris!

HowardBHaas on November 28, 2019 at 3:31 pm

I’ve been attending movies since when the original operator from France, Pathe, showed movies at the Paris. When Pathe’s lease wasn’t renewed, by the same owner still at the Paris, they were very upset. Yet, Loews (which was then Sony, a film studio) which won the new lease, was a fine operator. Then Loews departed after 6 years, and the owner reached an arrangement with a national film booker who managed the theater, on behalf of the owner, and again, wonderful films were shown. When that booker decided after 13 years that he had enough, the owner leased the Paris for the last decade to City Cinemas, and wonderful films were shown. Netflix has many films, foreign and domestic. And, I don’t know if anything would stop Netflix from reaching a business arrangement to show Sony films at the Paris in return for Sony films to later Netflix stream! In recent years, quite a few films at the Paris were by Weinstein (who is now out of business) or Sony. I, too, was concerned each time there was a different movie operator, but it always worked out well, and I look forward to enjoying more films at the Paris!

bigjoe59 on November 28, 2019 at 2:53 pm


to Howard B. I thank for your reply but I guess we differ on what can deemed a “roadshow film”. for my viewpoint The Hateful 8 doesn’t qualify.

also I read the article on Netflix taking a lease the theater. the one downside is simple- they only show Netflix films. I only joined the site recently but from reading reviews the past year or so of the original films they’ve streamed most have gotten at best mixed reviews. Roma, The Irishman and Marriage Story seem to be rare exceptions. in its 71 years this theater has shown indie American films and foreign language films from the top art house distributors so to limit yourself to one company/distributor doesn’t make sense.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 28, 2019 at 6:53 am

They seem to have a good public relations team

HowardBHaas on November 27, 2019 at 10:31 am

Netflix seems to be quite public spirited! presenting free screenings at Queens' Museum of Moving Image Monday eves, Dec 2, 9, 16, 23, Raging Bull, Goodfellas (35mm), Casino (35mm), The Irishman, presented by Netflix. Those who are not museum members can take their chance at the screening of getting a ticket.

HowardBHaas on November 27, 2019 at 4:34 am

Netflix 25 Nov 2019 press release (entitled Netflix Proud to Preserve New York’s Iconic Paris Theatre) New York’s iconic Paris Theatre is back! The Paris, one of the oldest art houses in the United States, and the last single-screen theater in New York, was shuttered earlier this year and was re-opened earlier this month to a successful run of Marriage Story, by acclaimed New York filmmaker Noah Baumbach. Today Netflix announced a lease agreement to keep the theater open and save the beloved institution. The company plans to use the theater for special events, screenings, and theatrical releases of its films. Terms of the lease were not disclosed.

“After 71 years, the Paris Theatre has an enduring legacy, and remains the destination for a one-of-a kind movie-going experience,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer. “We are incredibly proud to preserve this historic New York institution so it can continue to be a cinematic home for film lovers.”

The Paris Theatre has charmed film aficionados since it first opened in 1948, when actress Marlene Dietrich cut the ribbon to commemorate the occasion. The theater, opened by Pathé Cinema, originally showed French titles, the first of which was La Symphonie Pastorale, which ran for eight months.

The Paris became a symbol of prestige cinema, known for showcasing specialized films, and can be credited with introducing renowned foreign language films to an American audience including Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet, which ran for almost an entire year from 1968-1969; Claude Lelouch’s A Man And A Woman; and Marcello Mastroianni’s comedy Divorce Italian Style, which played for over a year. The theater closed in August 2019 after a successful run of Ron Howard’s Pavarotti.

Tickets for Marriage Story at the Paris Theatre are currently on sale and can be purchased at the box office, or at

Photos for download [please do not link out]: All courtesy of Netflix, by Marion Curtis: (see press release) About Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with over 158 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

HowardBHaas on November 26, 2019 at 5:58 pm

I wrote “sort of” Not identical to. That seemed to be the intent, with the music before, and at intermission, and after the movie, and a special super wide aspect ratio, and 70mm, and a souvenir movie book.

bigjoe59 on November 26, 2019 at 2:48 pm


to Howard B.–

how was The Hateful Eight a roadshow in the traditional sense of the term. did it play exclusively at 1 theater with matinees on Wed. , Sat. and Sun. and evening screenings seven nights a week?

UsherDNA on November 26, 2019 at 11:51 am

Expected! And very glad!

cmbussmann on November 26, 2019 at 10:42 am

Article about Netflix and The Paris:

HowardBHaas on November 26, 2019 at 4:43 am

Thanks, there’s an exception to every rule. The Hateful Eight was a roadshow, sort of. And, it was great, including the free souvenir program books!