On The End of New York-Ness: Why the Ziegfeld Theatre Matters

Dan Jones

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In 2013, I walked into an 8:00 screening of Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk With Me at the Ziegfeld Theatre to discover that I was the only person in the cavernous 1300-seat room. By the time the film began, there were three of us—filling roughly .02% of the seats in this piece of primo Manhattan real estate. I couldn’t help but wonder how long the Ziegfeld Theatre had left. Now I know. The Ziegfeld is closing.

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