Jan 21, 2016
By Andy Johnson
New York City’s famous Ziegfeld Theatre is going out of the movie business.
The famed midtown Manhattan movie theatre opened in 1969 and will close in a few weeks. It’s to be reborn as a corporate events space next year.
Special events company Gotham Hall has agreed to a 20-year lease on the new Ziegfeld Ballroom which will occasionally pay homage to its cinematic past with movie screenings.
The Eglinton Grand in Toronto does a similar business. It is no longer a movie theatre, but as a banquet hall it remains a standing tribute to a time when people went to see the movies in a spacious and grand theatre setting.