MIDTOWN MANHATTAN, NY — The future of New York City’s last-remaining single-screen movie theater is in doubt after reports broke this week that the Paris Theater in Midtown Manhattan may close this summer.
The current showing of the Ron Howard documentary “Pavarotti” may be the last film screened at The Paris, Deadline first reported. Many of New York City’s arthouse theaters like the Paris, which screens many independent and limited-release films, have been closing in recent years due to the rise of streaming services. These services are producing more content, and consumers don’t have to leave the couch to catch a new movie.
The Paris Theater opened in 1948 in its current space on West 58th Street near Fifth Avenue, directly across the street from the Plaza Hotel, Deadline reported. The theater is currently owned and operated by City Cinemas, which runs a number of independent theaters in the city. City Cinemas suddenly closed its East 86th Street theater in May.
Thursday, June 27 is the last day “Pavarotti” will screen at the Paris Theater, according to the City Cinemas ticketing website. The “coming soon” page is blank.
The loss of the Paris Theater means that New York City will also lose one of its prime venues for movie premiers, Deadline reported. A number of hit movies premeried at the theater over the years, which is well-suited for the event due to its high-class surroundings, large number of seats and solid projection system, according to the report.