2. Paris Theatre
Another theater close to New Yorkers’ hearts is The Paris Theatre, the last of the single-screen cinemas left in Manhattan. Located just next to The Plaza Hotel and Bergdorf Goodman, off 5th Avenue, it’s also the last single-screen theater that shows first-run films in the country, according to Indie Wire. It’s not yet closed but rumors started to swirl in June that it might not make it through July or August. So far, it has made it into the month of August and is still playing Pavarotti (although the last available date for showtimes on the theater’s website is August 15th). [Update: the Paris Theatre closed but as been reopened by Netflix!]
The Paris Theatre opened in 1948 by French film company, Pathé Cinema. Marlene Dietrich cut the inaugural ribbon on its opening night. The theater contains 581 seats and often shows art films as well as international films in their original language. It was one of the first theaters to show the 2011 French romantic comedy The Artist, which went on to win Best Picture at the 84th Academy Awards. Other films that have shown there include Call Me By Your Name, A Room With a View, and The Remains of the Day. This author has fond memories of seeing films there with her mother, including Jane Eyre with Charlotte Gainsbourg, when she was a young teenager.
However, the industry has changed and a single-screen cinema playing art house films is no longer a sustainable business. Indie Wire reports there are just fewer movies that fit the bill and that the subtitle film market has essentially had a “near-total collapse.” The streaming business has also given the niche segment a hard hit.