The beloved Paris Theater will reopen for a limited run of Netflix's Marriage Story
Oct. 21, 2019
Looking to qualify its soon-to-be-streaming titles for Oscars, Netflix continues to successfully book alternative theatrical options: Two weeks ago came the news that Martin Scorsese's The Irishman would take residence at Broadway's Belasco Theatre. Now we're hearing that the Paris Theater—recently shuttered in August after more than seven decades (Marlene Dietrich cut the inaugural ribbon in 1948)—will reopen for a brief run of Noah Baumbach's five-star-excellent Marriage Story , beginning Wednesday, November 6.
It remains unclear how long the Paris will stay open. Regardless, fans of the elegant single-screen theater—on the opposite side of 58th St. across from the Plaza Hotel —see this as a win. It may even be a better solution than the Belasco: At 581 seats, the Paris has roughly half the space, but it does have a romantic balcony and will be able to host multiple daily screenings to the Belasco's single showing. Moreover, it brings Baumbach's distinctly NYC vision to those who want to see it with a crowd.
Insisting on tough terms when it comes box-office receipts, Netflix is finding it hard to strike deals with chains like AMC and Regal. But individual movie houses seem ready to engage: Here is a complete list of theaters where you can go see The Irishman . (We strongly prefer IFC Center's cushiony seats to the Belasco's butt-numbers, and the Scorsese is a full three-and-a-half hours without intermission.) Marriage Story , too, will have alternate options beyond the Paris—at IFC Center, Landmark 57th West and Nitehawk Prospect Park; the latter is worth a trek to Brooklyn.
Joshua Rothkopf, the Global Deputy Film Editor and Senior Film Critic, joined the New York staff in 2004. His reviews and interviews appear in Time Out editions worldwide.
A voting member of the National Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Circle (which he chaired in 2012–14), Rothkopf is Time Out’s signature movie reviewer and voice, distinctively covering cinema from every angle for years. Rothkopf has served on several international festival juries, and teaches at New York University’s School of Professional Studies. His writing has appeared in publications including Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, The Chicago Reader and In These Times, where he was chief film critic from 1999 to 2003.
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