The Ziegfeld, outside and in.
The crowd pours in for the Ziegfeld's final screening last Thursday.
Much as I loved going there, it always struck me that the Ziegfeld must have been something of a bitter pill to swallow for those who had admired its predecessor and the other old movie palaces of New York that had already begun to disappear en masse back in the 60s. None of those grand old pre-war theaters survives intact as a dedicated cinema in New York today, so the Ziegfeld was about the best thing we had. And after nearly a half century, it had taken on its own authenticity, and in fact even outlived its predecessor (the old Ziegfeld lasted just 41 years). Arguably the best place to see a movie in New York, it was certainly the most fun. The Times reports that the former Ziegfeld will re-open as an event space catering to "galas and corporate functions" next year.
WE STILL HAVE:
• The Paris
• The main auditorium at the Village East
• The occasional screening at the United Palace
• The Loew's Jersey