After years of rumors and near-closures, the legendary Ziegfeld Theater finally shut its doors for good this week. The 1,300-seat Ziegfeld, which first opened in 1969, was the city's last big single-screen cinema left. The space will reopen as the Ziegfeld Ballroom by fall 2017, but cinephiles got one last chance to appreciate its splendors on Thursday night with a final showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

David Mack was there, and captured the scene in the photographs above. "It was amazing," he told us. "I've been going since I was a kid. My mom took me there to see Close Encounters in the '70s and dozens of other movies. I have so many movie memories from there."

Mack said the hundreds of people who showed up for the final viewing on Thursday were just as emotional about bidding adieu to one of the best movie theaters in the city as him: "No one [wanted] to leave once the movie ended. People sang, took tons of pictures and yes, people were crying (including me)," he said. "It was an institution. I will miss it forever. I'm glad I got to take my daughter there a couple of times."

He added that management allowed people to walk around and take photos for half an hour after the movie ended. "To say goodbye," he said. "They looked in shock too."

The writing had been on the wall long before James Dolan and Cablevision took over the theater and shrugged off its death sentence. The theatre had been losing over $1 million annually, according to some reports. As Screencrush writer Matt Singer, who was also at the final showing, put it, "We all knew the end was coming. It’s not surprising the Ziegfeld’s closing; it’s more surprising that it lasted this long. That doesn’t make this news any less depressing."

The Ziegfeld was also home to one of the best bathrooms in NYC. As commenter Rdayk put it a few years ago: "The Ziegfeld Theatre has the most opulent bathroom. Each stall has its own sink and vanity in addition to the toilet. It isn't public, though, I think you have to buy a movie ticket to use it. But if you find yourself at the Ziegfeld (the only grand old cinema left in Manhattan), be sure to use the bathroom!"

"It’s a piece of New York history," Andre Salerno told the Post as he waited on line Thursday. "Another one bites the dust. They don’t really make movie palaces like this anymore."