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New York City’s Last Single-Screen Cinema, The Paris Theatre, Shuts Its Doors

New York City’s Last Single-Screen Cinema, The Paris Theatre, Shuts Its Doors

The Paris Theatre, New York City’s last remaining single-screen cinema dedicated to first-run platform release films, has closed its doors after 71 years.

Photos posted on Twitter show a goodbye note posted on the theater’s ticket window that says the Paris’ lease has ended and is now closed. It confirms reports that the theater was set to close sometime this summer, though the timing was nebulous and further complicated by the successful run of its last film, ‘Pavarotti’ — which the massive 581-seat theater accounted for a staggering 9% of the documentary’s total domestic box office gross.

Currently, the theater’s website displays a “page not found” notice before redirecting to City Cinema’s main site. Representatives have yet to comment.

In 2008, The New York Times wrote a feature article on the theater calling it among the “great mysteries of New York Life,” marveling at the theater’s perseverance and success despite the building’s single screen, massive operating costs, and increasingly desirable location.

The property is owned by real estate titan Sheldon Solow, who took a hands-on interest in the theater after he assumed control in the 1990s. It’s presently unclear what the billionaire’s plans to do with it, though retail development is most likely.

Photo by Ajay Suresh from New York, NY, USA - Paris Theater, CC BY 2.0

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