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The Deadline article that I linked above on June 19 implies that some movies won’t even be made! or will go direct to streaming, not be shown in movie theaters, due to the closure of the Paris because so much of the revenue of many art films came from the long run at the Paris Theatre! So the closing of the Paris is a disaster for anyone anywhere in the US (or elsewhere) who enjoys seeing art movies in a movie theater! see excerpt below from the article-
…“the prospect of not having Paris anymore would be a serious problem, said Tom Bernard, partner in Sony Pictures Classics, who has heard the rumors and counts the Paris Theater as one of the great remaining showcase theaters in Manhattan.
“When you launch a film in the Paris and it is a hit, that could be one-third of the box office because your film would play there for months, sometimes all through an Academy season,” he said.
He said the slow disappearance of theaters willing to play arthouse movies for long stretches will make it harder to see another Green Book or a similar picture succeed in a slow rollout fueled by audience word of mouth."
This article is about NYC becoming a Hollywood East with more production of movies & TV shows especially in Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx. Here are a few sentences from the article: “Last year, 332 movies were filmed in New York City, officials said. In 1980, there were 121. But at least four major studios now operate in the city, returning New York to its roots as a production nexus, similar to the 1920s and ’30s before Hollywood took over.”
Now from me- in addition to the showcasing of new movies, the Paris has hosted premieres & previews, including this year, of many movies & some TV shows including “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” So it is very unfortunate that after the movie “Pavarotti” finishes this month or August at the Paris, that the wonderful Paris Theatre will cease forever! https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/10/nyregion/robert-de-niro-studio-queens.html?mc_cid=d9e92fdaa2&mc_eid=91acd9b937
You can go onto the City Cinemas website & send in an email to them, asking them. Or, ask for the theater management next time you are there or telephone & ask.
Al, at the Paris page you compiled lists of films & dates until the late 1990’s. Might you please compile the lists of films & dates since there?
The Paris Theatre, in my opinion, is the most elegant, historic daily movie theater in Manhattan, but very sadly, indications are that its time will soon end as this article asserts its owner is closing it https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/07/paris-theatre-new-york-city-closing-rumors
I also wish to note that despite a comment above, the City Cinemas 1,2, 3, has much to offer. Joker (filmed with 65mm digital cameras) in 70mm is listed as starting Oct 4. At another City Cinemas, the Village East, which shows in addition to new movies, many classics, some digital but also 35mm classics, a new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in 70mm (blow up from 35mm) is listed as starting July 26. Follow City Cinemas on Facebook or elsewhere to read the many special events they have at their theaters.
Al, the Guardian article that I linked above indicates City Cinemas wished to continue to operate the Paris. To whatever extent new rent terms could be agreed upon or not, is not specified by any article. The Guardian article asserts the building’s long time owner is closing the Paris.
Al, Pathe hasn’t held the Paris lease since 1990. I specified successive operators in the Intro http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/307
In late August 2009, City Cinemas tookover as this article states
If you checked the website this past holiday weekend, the Paris was doing great in attendance! The Paris is used for many premieres & special events, which you can see by googling. The implication from new article at Guardian is that City Cinemas wants to continue to run the Paris but the article asserts the owner is closing it. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/07/paris-theatre-new-york-city-closing-rumors
Photos of 1948 exterior, auditorium, and lower lounge with some description from 1948 herehttps://theatretalks.wordpress.com/2013/09/25/paris-theatre-4-w-58th-st-new-york-ny-10019/
on Thursday, this year’s 70mm film festival was announced. 2001: A Space Odyssey (2018 Nolan print), Roma, Dunkirk, Hamlet, Ready Player One (which is 35mm blow up to 70mm), It’s a Mad,Mad,Mad,Mad World (20 min intermission includes police-call radio. Mad World’s original aspect ratio was 2.76 wide, which I’ve seen this place show with Khartoum.
Thanks to MarkP for posting at Facebook regarding tomorrow eve’s National Lampoon’s Vacation (remember, $5 entry gets you free popcorn + 7:15 PM Paul Citti on Wurlitzer before 8 PM 35mm pint)–
Vacation print (an original from 1983) is inspected and is in really decent condition. Not much color fade ( color still looks good) and only a few random splices. And it wasn’t dirty. See you all tomw night
The Paris page has 2 of the articles. 10 years ago this September City Cinemas tookover the Paris lease. Then, they also took the Beekman (twin, not original) lease- no news as to whether City Cinemas is departing that. In addition to the Paris & Beekman (twin), City Cinemas only operates this one (1,2,3), long rumored for demolition to be replaced by more intensive development and Village East, which is historically protected. We can hope the owner of the Paris (who also owns the Beekman twin) keeps open (or reopens) the wonderful Paris Theatre! the assumption being that City Cinemas is no longer going to operate the Paris. And, yes, I go all the time to the Paris!
Yesterday, I enjoyed the really fun doc “Pavorotti” in its 3rd week here. It will run at least thru the end of the month. Also in the balcony’s 3rd row was a man also upset about the theater’s reported possible closing. He had traveled from 50 miles up the Hudson Valley to see the movie, and said the Paris is his favorite NY movie theater & the best NY movie theater. I’ve long visited from Philadelphia, because the Paris is such a wonderful theater. Yesterday as always, top notch projection & surround sound.
I hope the Paris does not close! It is my favorite NYC movie theater & I love seeing movies there. https://deadline.com/2019/06/paris-theater-closing-new-york-film-community-laments-losing-another-prestige-picture-palace-1202634176/maz/
Alexander Boyd wasn’t at the Boyd in 1950 nor does this look like the Philadelphia Boyd in 1950 including ticket booth. Perhaps another Boyd Theatre?
Giles, I saw The Godfather III here, in 70mm, 6 track.
Since my comment above, I’ve been told by someone who visited the Odeon that the screen can be moved backwards a bit, but will appear a bit smaller, and in that position the curtains can be used. When the screen is forward it will appear bigger, but then curtains can’t be used. I’ve been told that “blockbusters” might appear on the larger screen without curtains. However, unless AMC makes a statement somewhere clarifying this, the only way audiences are really going to find out will be by seeing a movie & reporting! I’ve seen the last 3 James Bond movies here so I hope at least some of the “blockbusters” will have the curtain used. I’ve also seen here British & other films that are not blockbusters….
Hi, Ian, I only visit from the States once a year, but this cinema partly because of its vast auditorium has always been the most impressive London movie theater for me to enjoy movies in, and I’ve seen 15 movies in it over the years. I was upset at the loss of proper curtains. That’s happened too often in the States, and London in recent years, but I am overjoyed at reading your news & seeing the photos above! I hope this means the curtains will actually be used before & after each movie. Some of the premium prices mentioned after it reopened sounded like they hiked them too high, but I will pay a bit of a premium for a really nice, fun experience- with the curtains!
Video here, last part of show on WHYY called Movers & Makers –
Mentioned in May 17, 2019 Philadelphia Inquirer “Shore Guide” with an exterior photo.
The theater’s website does not seem to work today for this one but current movies appear via google.
The 4DX auditorium has signs posted mentioning Lightening, Snow, Fog, Wind, Motion, and more! 2 different signs on each side of the auditorium entry, each side stating different effects.
Photo by Todd Berk.
Link to obit of film professor who saved this theater! https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/obituaries/2019/04/23/david-kleiler-independent-film-impresario-who-saved-coolidge-corner-theatre-dies/zYx9xUw7GcO7NfQn0TsfVN/story.html