Monday, May 27, 2024

The Legendary (Now Closed) Paris Theater Will Have (At Least) One Last Hurrah with “Marriage Story” Netflix Premiere


Netflix, which doesn’t put movies in theaters for very long, still likes the great old New York palaces.

Right now they’ve got “The Irishman” playing to sold out crowds at Broadway’s Belasco Theater.

Next Sunday, they’re taking over the dormant Paris Theater across from The Plaza Hotel to premiere “Marriage Story.” The Paris has been closed for several weeks, and still has the marquee poster for Ron Howard’s “Pavarotti.”

The owner of the building that houses the Paris — real estate magnate five time billionaire Sheldon Solow and his son — shut down the Paris on September 1st.

But Netflix is smart, and knows that the Paris adds prestige to their films. They’ll run “Marriage Story” there for about three weeks beginning November 6th and ending the 28th. They may cut a deal to follow with their other Oscar-buzzed movies, like “The Two Popes.” Maybe when “The Irishman” finishes up at the Belasco, it can move there. (This is just hopeful daydreaming.)

Here’s an idea: why don’t they just buy it and call it the Netflix Paris?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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