Paris Theatre

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

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SethLewis
SethLewis on November 12, 2019 at 1:30 am

When They See Us…The Crown are some Netflix pieces that might fit neatly into retrospective theatre showings particularly if they could build in some Q&A’s with content creators

UsherDNA
UsherDNA on November 12, 2019 at 12:08 am

Hey Joe, that is an absolutely valid question to ask! I’m certain that not every film that Netflix pumps out will be Irishman or Marriage Story caliber, but they do have a wealth of other films, enough perhaps to offset and ward off any dry spells for programming, if they do indeed decide on keeping programming Netflix exclusive.

If I were in charge of programming the theater and employed by Netflix, I’d primarily program the biggest and highest quality Netflix releases front and center, with a mix of middle tier content during the time in between those releases. I’d also program for premieres for the bigger shows and their new seasons (like Stranger Things) and perhaps program some short marathons. If Netflix is around and managing for long enough, there’s no reason that there couldn’t be some retrospective runs on past Netflix hits (like programming The Irishman 10 years from now or something) to further maintain an active slate and conveyor belt of programming. Lastly, I wouldn’t close the door on theater rentals for third party screenings and retrospectives. I hope that the actual programming will follow this somewhat, but if it doesn’t, I’d be interested in seeing what the eventual programming is!

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on November 11, 2019 at 12:55 pm

Hello-

thanks to UsherDNA for their reply. it prompts another question. I only joined Netflix recently but from the critics reviews of the original films that they stream most don’t hack it. so how many films like “Marriage Story” or “Roma” can they possibly have up their sleeve?

UsherDNA
UsherDNA on November 10, 2019 at 4:34 pm

Hey Joe, yes, it does look like Netflix will have a tight grip on what is programmed there, so I wouldn’t expect the theater’s fare to deviate too much from Netflix films or other kinds of Netflix original content, if it does indeed deviate at all.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on November 10, 2019 at 2:08 pm

Hello-

its nice that its 99% certain the Paris has a new lease on life but. if I understand the news item correctly the theater will only play Netflix films?

UsherDNA
UsherDNA on November 10, 2019 at 1:35 am

Other/final notes:

-Seemingly no more assigned seating, only GA. -Some damage to the top of the auditorium that I hadn’t noticed before, was told by worker that there will be some renovations happening at some point, most especially making the theater and downstairs area more accessible. -Felt absolutely refreshing seeing SUCH A LONG LINE for the screening. Combined with all the news I just posted above, was a very joyful time to be a cinemagoer!

UsherDNA
UsherDNA on November 10, 2019 at 1:30 am

What I suspect to be the case based on my visit, hearing what Mr. Baumbach had to say, relatively meaty inquiries and logical speculation: Not sure how exactly Sheldon Solow came to an agreement with Netflix, but looks fruitful. Found out from a worker I met post screening who will remain nameless that there were Indeed.com job postings for a few weeks prior to opening posted up by Bow Tie Cinemas to staff the Paris. It will be a 7 day a week operation and programming will almost certainly be exclusively Netflix Oscar-bait features and probably some Netflix Original Content specialty screenings for the foreseeable future. The staff are presented as unconnected to any other cinema outfit, just Paris Theatre staff. I think Netflix is being leased the space, is completely in charge of programming and is “co-managing” from behind the scenes while Bow Tie Cinemas (through some kind of interesting partnership it looks like) is also “co-managing” a little closer to the public eye and directly in charge of staffing and on-the-premises needs… Although I don’t think the connection to Bow Tie Cinemas will be explicitly advertised, at least while things are still being sorted out. Hoping things get clearer as this initial run winds down in a few weeks!

UsherDNA
UsherDNA on November 9, 2019 at 8:12 pm

It’s (99%) official, the Paris is being saved and will be owned (or managed by, to be more accurate, I think) and programmed by Netflix for the long term! I just came from a Saturday 7:00pm screening of Marriage Story and Noah Baumbach introduced the film with very specific and positive and deliberate wording about saving the theater and reopenings. I also “confirmed” with an employee there after the show and he corroborated that the Paris has new life! Very happy!

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on November 9, 2019 at 12:09 pm

Hello-

I thing how much Netflix would be willing to spend on 1 film is different from whichever studio. studios have many ways to make $$$ off 1 film but Netflix only has the monthly subscriber fees. I doubt they’d have okayed the $350 budget for Endgame.

Astyanax
Astyanax on November 8, 2019 at 7:16 am

Pleasantly surprised to see the venerated Paris logo in today’s NYT print ad. Does this bode well for the venue’s future.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 7, 2019 at 8:35 pm

That’s a good question for any Hollywood studio ever.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on November 7, 2019 at 4:14 pm

Hello-

David Z.– thanks of the info. i figured Netflix would have a nice nest egg if they did in fact have the bazillion subscribers they’re alleged to have but I didn’t think the nest egg would be as high as $125 billion. which prompts a question- how much would they be willing to spend on a single film?

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 6, 2019 at 5:22 pm

Because this shows they are worth $125 billion as of 10/28, if I’m reading it correctly…

https://www.macrotrends.net/stocks/charts/NFLX/netflix/net-worth

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on November 6, 2019 at 4:26 pm

Hello-

an additional question. as I understand it Netflix’s sole source of income is its monthly fees from a reported bazillion subscribers. with that being the case I still don’t see how with The Irishman they can bankroll a $175 mil movie?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 6, 2019 at 2:51 pm

Netflix' PR guy said that quick service to their subscribers was more important than boxoffice revenue even on a national level.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on November 6, 2019 at 1:22 pm

Hello-

one question I’ve had for a while is why Netflix doesn’t feel they need to observe the 90 day window like all other studios are doing? why do they think they’re special and don’t have to observe it.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 6, 2019 at 11:05 am

Yes, I was going to add that Netflix steered the boat as to which theatres and for how long.
They did not have to scrounge, their choices of both were intentional.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 6, 2019 at 10:05 am

Astyanax, my NYT ad lists the Paris today as it did Sunday. The major chains demanded a 90 day theatrical window and Netflix refused.

Astyanax
Astyanax on November 6, 2019 at 7:48 am

Print ads are confusing as NYT had the IFC Theatre as the only outlet screening this flick. Glad that the Paris has gotten a temporary reprieve, and that the Belasco has been impressed to showcase the Irishman. Sad state of film distribution that important films from Netflix have had to scrounge for prestige venues. Savvy marketers and distributors should take note as other worthy films are rolled out. These fiulms deserve to be treated as special events. Is there a future for the Paris in this role?

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on October 30, 2019 at 4:32 pm

Advance Tickets now on sale for Marriage Story. Cost $18. for all shows, $10. for the 10AM show.

ALL TICKETS ARE GENERAL ADMISSION. Netflix is not doing Reserved Seating.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on October 22, 2019 at 1:02 pm

Hello-

a question- if Netflix does wind up taking a long term lease on the theater will they show other films or just their prestige Oscar Bait films?

xbs2034
xbs2034 on October 21, 2019 at 8:40 pm

The Irishman comes out 5 days before Marriage Story, and has its theaters already selling tickets so I doubt it. But the hope is if this Marriage Story run is successful, Netflix might rent the theater long term and use it as a site for premieres and showcase runs of their bigger movies.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on October 21, 2019 at 12:38 pm

Wonder if Netflix will run The Irishman at this theater if that Marriage Story does well…

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on October 21, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Hello-

to Howard B. -the Paris Theater has been a jewel in NYC’S cultural like since May 1949. so I don’t know how much one can say the landlord liked the Paris as a movie theater if he jacked up the rent after the most recent lease expired to a level City Cinemas was not willing to pay.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on October 21, 2019 at 11:40 am

That would be awesome for Netflix to run the theater. They actually need to release their films like Amazon Studios do as full length feature films. Until they do, I don’t see the Academy taking them serious and awarding one of their films best picture.