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New York Lost a Grand Movie Palace Last Month When the Ziegfeld Theater Closed, But Three New Multiscreen Theaters Are Opening Around the City. A Changing Film Culture

Mar 3, 2016  •  Post A Comment

New Yorkers have been bemoaning what many see as a film culture in decline in the city, but The New York Times reports that even as grand movie palaces such as the Ziegfeld Theater close, new multiscreen theaters have been springing up to take their place — a sign that theater owners in New York “still believe in cinema as a social experience,” the paper reports.

“The [new] theaters — the Metrograph on the Lower East Side, the Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Brooklyn and the refurbished Quad in Greenwich Village — join a very crowded art-house scene,” The Times reports. “The IFC Center in the Village is working on an expansion, and though the building housing the Landmark Sunshine on East Houston is for sale, the chain’s chief executive, Ted Mundorff, said that the theater’s lease remained in effect and that ‘we continue to pursue opportunities in Manhattan’ and elsewhere in the city.”

The report adds: “Whether the audience is there to support all of these outlets remains an open question.”

We encourage readers to click on the link near the top of this story to read The Times’ in-depth report.

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