Future of citys last single screen cinema, opened by Marlene Dietrich and frequented by David Bowie, hangs in the balance
The Paris Theatre has become one of New Yorks cultural landmarks since it was officially opened by the actor Marlene Dietrich as a cinema for showing French films in 1948.
Down the road from Central Park and across the street from the Plaza hotel, it attracted queues around the block as the go-to place to watch arthouse and foreign language films and was known for showing the same movie for months on end.
In the early 00s it gained cult status with Sex and the City fans after Carrie Bradshaw declared it one of the best features of Manhattan life because any night of the week you can go to Paris.
Over 70 years later, even in the post-Netflix age, it remains a popular venue for film screenings and premieres. As the citys last remaining single screen and the only movie theater with a functioning curtain, it has also become a rare relic of cinemas heyday.
But now the future of the cinema hangs in the balance, according to industry insiders who warn it is at risk of imminent closure with some saying it could close as early as this month.