Jacobs to steer Gotham arthouse

NEW YORK — The Paris Theater, the premier arthouse across the street from Gotham’s Plaza Hotel, will reopen July 25 under the direction of Jeffrey Jacobs.

In addition to the Paris, Jacobs programs 30 other art screens across the country through his company, Jacobs Entertainment Inc.

Jacobs will christen his management of the Paris with a reissue of “Day for Night,” Francois Truffaut’s classic film-within-a-film starring Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Leaud and Truffaut. Distributor Kit Parker Films is supplying a new 35 mm print for the run.

The Paris closed in April after its five-year management agreement with Loews/Sony Theaters ended. The 50-year-old landmark cinema is owned and operated by an investor group known as the Paris Theatre Co.

“By selecting ‘Day for Night,’ we are demonstrating our commitment to film,” said Jacobs, who was the film buyer for the Angelika Film Center from its opening in 1989 until January.

After the downtown arthouse multiplex was sold by the Saleh family to Reading Entertainment and City Cinemas, programming responsibility for the Angelika was transferred from Jacobs to City Cinemas, which hired Jack Foley as executive vice president of marketing.

Foley, who was previously head of distribution for Miramax Films, is part of a management team that will expand the Angelika concept developed by the Saleh family and Jacobs to other U.S. cities, beginning with Houston.

Before working for the Angelika, Jacobs was VP of theatrical sales and marketing for the Intl. Film Exchange, where he was responsible for national distribution, advertising and publicity on such films as “Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears” and “Best Boy.” He has also served as assistant national sales manager at New Yorker Films and a co-programmer of the Orson Welles Cinema in Cambridge, Mass.

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