New Yorkers, let us lament the loss of the city’s last single-screen theater: Midtown’s Paris Theatre has closed. Pix11 reports that the theater next to the Plaza Hotel and Central Park closed abruptly Thursday afternoon. “Unfortunately, our lease has ended and the Paris Theatre is now closed,” read a note posted on the door. “We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all our guests over the years. Thank you for your patronage, and we regret that we cannot continue to serve you.” The theater opened in 1948, and specialized in showing foreign and independent movies.
The developer Sheldon Solow bought the building that housed the theater, at 4 West 58th Street, in 1994. The Paris was operated by City Cinemas. RIP to a real one! Slumping down into one of the Paris’s balcony seats was the best.