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Recently checked in to this theater, I believe it is now going by the Palladium Theater.
Expected! And very glad!
Hey Joe, that is an absolutely valid question to ask! I’m certain that not every film that Netflix pumps out will be Irishman or Marriage Story caliber, but they do have a wealth of other films, enough perhaps to offset and ward off any dry spells for programming, if they do indeed decide on keeping programming Netflix exclusive.
If I were in charge of programming the theater and employed by Netflix, I’d primarily program the biggest and highest quality Netflix releases front and center, with a mix of middle tier content during the time in between those releases. I’d also program for premieres for the bigger shows and their new seasons (like Stranger Things) and perhaps program some short marathons. If Netflix is around and managing for long enough, there’s no reason that there couldn’t be some retrospective runs on past Netflix hits (like programming The Irishman 10 years from now or something) to further maintain an active slate and conveyor belt of programming. Lastly, I wouldn’t close the door on theater rentals for third party screenings and retrospectives. I hope that the actual programming will follow this somewhat, but if it doesn’t, I’d be interested in seeing what the eventual programming is!
The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG)? I work for them at the Kings along with a few other theaters, if I hear any rumblings along those lines, I’ll try and update in whatever capacity I can!
Hey Joe, yes, it does look like Netflix will have a tight grip on what is programmed there, so I wouldn’t expect the theater’s fare to deviate too much from Netflix films or other kinds of Netflix original content, if it does indeed deviate at all.
Apparently this venue/theater will close the end of this year with a sendoff by the Disco Biscuits. I wonder what’s next in the space’s life? Hopefully its new purpose is still related to theaters somewhat!
-Seemingly no more assigned seating, only GA.
-Some damage to the top of the auditorium that I hadn’t noticed before, was told by worker that there will be some renovations happening at some point, most especially making the theater and downstairs area more accessible.
-Felt absolutely refreshing seeing SUCH A LONG LINE for the screening. Combined with all the news I just posted above, was a very joyful time to be a cinemagoer!
What I suspect to be the case based on my visit, hearing what Mr. Baumbach had to say, relatively meaty inquiries and logical speculation: Not sure how exactly Sheldon Solow came to an agreement with Netflix, but looks fruitful. Found out from a worker I met post screening who will remain nameless that there were Indeed.com job postings for a few weeks prior to opening posted up by Bow Tie Cinemas to staff the Paris. It will be a 7 day a week operation and programming will almost certainly be exclusively Netflix Oscar-bait features and probably some Netflix Original Content specialty screenings for the foreseeable future. The staff are presented as unconnected to any other cinema outfit, just Paris Theatre staff. I think Netflix is being leased the space, is completely in charge of programming and is “co-managing” from behind the scenes while Bow Tie Cinemas (through some kind of interesting partnership it looks like) is also “co-managing” a little closer to the public eye and directly in charge of staffing and on-the-premises needs… Although I don’t think the connection to Bow Tie Cinemas will be explicitly advertised, at least while things are still being sorted out. Hoping things get clearer as this initial run winds down in a few weeks!
It’s (99%) official, the Paris is being saved and will be owned (or managed by, to be more accurate, I think) and programmed by Netflix for the long term! I just came from a Saturday 7:00pm screening of Marriage Story and Noah Baumbach introduced the film with very specific and positive and deliberate wording about saving the theater and reopenings. I also “confirmed” with an employee there after the show and he corroborated that the Paris has new life! Very happy!
Apparently those rumors are going to substantiate! 16 screens total! Wild!
Looks like the Dolby Cinema auditorium will open up today 10/25/18! A Star Is Born opens it up with its first ever showtime at 7:00pm today. According to AMC’s ticketing website at least. Hope to help open up this new auditorium sometime this weekend, bummer I can’t make it for the first day’s showtimes… Enjoy and make sure to share your experiences!
Recently got interviewed there at LS13 for a crew level position (didn’t get the job, drats) but was able to ask about eta on Dolby from a higher up. Nothing super concrete, but says hopefully end of September! Now to renew my crusade!
Taken from the front of the theater. Smaller, more intimate scale should be quite obvious.
Not sure if anyone brought this up yet, but upon a very recent visit, it looks like the 1st auditorium (named Loews at this theater) is being converted to a Dolby Cinema auditorium. I could see through the tarp somewhat and it looks like the theater portal’s unique decorations have been stripped and I’m not sure they’ll be put back for that particular auditorium. I’d wager that since Dolby Cinema auditoriums are also mostly black to better ensure maximum absorption of ambient light, that the interior decorations have got to go as well… I’m thinking there might be a total rebranding of that screen and AMC’ll just call it their Dolby Cinema screen like their IMAX screen and drop the homage to a past theater. Also wanted to add that my inquiry with staff pointed to a 4 month time frame of completion. It’s interesting and exciting that LS13 is now going to have both the largest IMAX screen in a movie theater in NYC and a Dolby Cinema auditorium as well!