Ziegfeld Theatre

141 W. 54th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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ReadeLegacy on June 17, 2023 at 3:43 pm

The only event where we had a wall-to-wall screen, was during the “Cinerama” engagement of May 1973. Temporary screen with curtain projected from a slide. We never had a wall-to-wall screen in 35mm scope or 70mm. - custodian of WR historical files.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on June 17, 2023 at 2:24 am

@ Mike (saps): Look at that photo again. The screen IS wall-to-wall; you’re looking at a pre-feature card projected in the old Academy-standard aspect ratio, but the screen itself is much wider than that image.

m00se1111 on May 18, 2023 at 10:21 am

The text of the article on ABCNews.com refers to the venue as Ziegfeld Ballroom.


Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 17, 2023 at 11:49 pm

ABC News just showed the Ziegfeld. Harry and Meghan were there last night before they were chased by paparazzi. Sadly, the reporter called it a theater, instead of the ballroom it’s been turned into.

Mikeoaklandpark on May 16, 2023 at 9:29 pm

Vindanpar Yeah the Warner Cinerama had huge screens in both auditoriums. The Rivoli screen was great too. I saw several films there before they Twined it.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 16, 2023 at 8:49 pm

I did want to see that at the Ziegfeld but never got around to it. It ended well for me, though, because I got to see it in real Cinerama in Dayton, Ohio in 1996.

vindanpar on May 16, 2023 at 1:33 pm

That Cinerama(though as I said actually 70MM) screen would have been so great for their presentations of films like Spartacus, My Fair Lady, Lawrence and other 70MM films. I guess I’m the last person alive who saw This is Cinerama there. Nobody else has remarked on it for quite a while. It is exactly 50 years ago and I was pretty young but old enough to have been knocked out by it. The film itself not so much as it wasn’t true Cinerama and the print was poor.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 16, 2023 at 2:38 am

You can see from the second photo ever posted on this thread, that the screen was hardly wall-to-wall.

vindanpar on May 15, 2023 at 10:26 pm

It was hardly wall to wall. 50ft was small for a theater that size. I always found it a disappointment. I was used to the Rivoli(when they used the D150 screen) and Warner Cinerama which had truly large immersive screens. But the screen installed for the Cinerama presentation was spectacular. Though no curtain. I guess size is subjective.

Marcy Starnes
Marcy Starnes on May 14, 2023 at 8:53 pm

Mikeoaklandpark, I agree the Ziegfeld had a very large screen. I remember seeing, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, there is the early 80’s.

Mikeoaklandpark on May 14, 2023 at 4:06 pm

The screen at the Ziegfeld was always wall to wall. There was nothing shoebox about it when I loved there. It had side masking and top masking. For 70 MM films all the masking side and top were open. For 2.35 scope the side masking was open and the top masking came down slightly. Even flat 1.85 the screen was huge.

vindanpar on May 13, 2023 at 4:05 pm

As per CC’s recently posted ad it was just a 70 MM film. Not Cinerama. But the Ziegfeld finally got a screen that fit the theater rather than their usual shoebox sized screen for such a large place. Unfortunately they got rid of it. But to see their other 70 MM films presented on it would have been amazing. Like the Times Square road show houses of old.

Mikeoaklandpark on April 20, 2023 at 11:00 pm

It was part of the ticket sale. I know the price was much more than a regular movie for that 2 week engagement

bigjoe59 on April 19, 2023 at 7:25 pm


to Mikeoaklandpark- out of curiosity was the Dreamgirls souvenir program you referred to an actual one sold in lobby or a deluxe freebie hand out?

Mikeoaklandpark on April 19, 2023 at 7:00 pm

It was reserved performances even in Philly. I know it was also in 70MM

vindanpar on April 19, 2023 at 12:16 pm

Ryan’s Daughter should have gotten a Rivoli or Criterion opening. It deserved roadshow grandeur. Not east side kitsch.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 18, 2023 at 11:30 pm

The ad for Gandhi didn’t specify anything. It just listed the three showtimes. I posted a Gandhi ad in Photos.

bigjoe59 on April 18, 2023 at 10:53 pm


Ryan’s Daughter played here on an actual reserved performance engagement which meant once the film ended you had to leave the theater. so since I can’t remember I’m asking if Gandhi was shown here on reserved performance engagement or a regular continuous engagement.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 18, 2023 at 10:18 pm

I posted an ad in Photos which gives the 3 showtimes that day: 1, 5 and 9 pm. That movie was even longer than Gandhi.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 18, 2023 at 10:09 pm

I think even Ryan’s Daughter played that way in 1970-71. The reserved seat era was coming to a close.

bigjoe59 on April 18, 2023 at 8:30 pm


its fascinating that eventhough Gandhi was a long film with an intermission they screened it on a regular continuous performance schedule.

Mikeoaklandpark on March 27, 2023 at 12:32 am

The only other show to play a 2 week reserved seat engagement was Dreamgirls in 2006. They also had a souvenir program.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on March 26, 2023 at 11:17 pm

No special schedule. 3 shows a day, at 12, 4 and 8. There was an intermission. I saw it there about 6 or 7 times.

bigjoe59 on March 26, 2023 at 10:52 pm


if i remember correctly the only traditional roadshow engagement to play this theater was Marooned which opened this theater Dec. 1969. the next Fall 1970 Ryan’s Daughter opened on a reserved performance engagement. which brings me to my question- when Gandhi opened here Dec. 1982 was it on a reserved performance basis or a regular continuous performance basis? after all it was a long film with an intermission.

MarkNYLA on February 27, 2022 at 12:14 am

Can anybody state with accuracy what the projection throw distance was at the Zieg, and the lamphouse wattage? Thanks!