The Paris Theater (Manhattan)

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Coordinates: 40°43′42″N 74°00′15″W / 40.728436°N 74.004266°W / 40.728436; -74.004266

The Paris Theater
Fine Arts Theatre[1][2]
Paris Theater, New York.jpg
Exterior of theater in 2006
Address 4 West 58th Street
Manhattan, New York City
United States
Owner Sheldon Solow[1]
Operator City Cinemas (Reading International) (as of 2009)[2]
Type Single-screen movie theater[1]
Capacity 581[2]
Opened September 13, 1948[1][2]

The Paris Theater is a 581-seat single-screen movie theater, located in Manhattan in New York City.[1] It often shows art films and foreign films in their original languages.


The theater was opened by Pathé Cinema on September 13, 1948,[1] when actress Marlene Dietrich cut the inaugural ribbon in the presence of the U.S. Ambassador to France.[2]

Located at 4 West 58th Street, just west of Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan, it has specialized in foreign (especially French language) and independent films. It is located across the street from the Plaza Hotel.[1][3]

The theater has been a destination for many of the city's intellectuals and movie connoisseurs, as motion pictures by directors including Federico Fellini and Franco Zeffirelli have been shown.[1]

Management and ownership[edit]

In the early 1990s, Pathé lost its lease.[1] Loews Theatres then took over the operation and it was known as the Fine Arts Theatre for a while.[2] In 1994 the space was purchased by Sheldon Solow, a New York City–based real-estate developer and owner.[1]

As of 2009, City Cinemas was the theater's operator.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Queenan,Joe (August 30, 2008). "On 58th Street, the Keeper of the Flame". The New York Times. Retrieved November 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Melnick, Ross; Haas, Howard B. (undated). "Paris Theatre". Retrieved November 4, 2011.
  3. ^ Nygaard, Sandra (n.d.). "Paris Theater". New York. Retrieved November 4, 2011. 

Other art cinemas in Manhattan[edit]

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