New York's Ziegfeld Theatre Closes With Crowded 'Star Wars’ Showing
Hollywood studios are mourning the loss of the Ziegfeld, by far the top choice for glitzy N.Y. premieres.
New York's Ziegfeld Theatre screened its final movie Thursday night.
The iconic Midtown movie theater bowed out with a 10 p.m. showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. On the Ziegfeld website, last-minute tickets were available leading up to the 3D showing, but any requests for future dates prompted a message, saying, "Online ticket purchase is no longer available."
New Yorkers took to Twitter on Thursday to document the long lines and "packed house" as they prepared to see the J.J. Abrams film and say goodbye to the Manhattan staple, which will be transformed into a high-end event space.
The Ziegfeld, which opened in 1969, is the largest cinema in the city, with some 1,131 seats, and is the favorite venue for glitzy Hollywood studio premieres. The studios have been preparing for the theaters’ closure for months, even if they aren’t happy about it. (More and more premieres are being held in Manhattan with the return of NBC's The Tonight Show back to New York.)
Studios have begun holding premieres at the ACM multiplex in Lincoln Square, as well as at the ACM Empire in Midtown. The theater at MOMA is another alternative.
It’s possible the studios will be able to stage premieres at the Ziegfeld once it reopens in 2017 as an events space called the Ziegfeld Ballroom.