Cinema Architecture – Travel in Paris 6


Paris has the biggest number of cinemas
per inhabitant of any city in the world. Nowadays, these are mostly multiplexes run
by international corporations. But some of the auditoriums where
cinematic chefs d’oeuvres are shown are themselves works of art. Among the best known are: La Pagode, a Japanese pagoda
built in 1896 by the manager of the
department store Le Bon Marché. Originally a ballroom,
then a banquet hall, it became a cinema in 1931
and now specializes in art films. Movie-goers can enjoy
coffee, tea or a drink in a café
in the attached small garden. Le Louxor is a fine example of neo-Egyptian
architecture from the 1920s. Its façade is decorated in mosaics of
blue, black and gold. Having laid sadly in ruins
for several years during the 1990s, it was bought by the city of Paris
and restored to its former glory. It now has three screens,
an exhibition room and a café. Le Grand Rex
was built in the 1930s in the Art Deco style, inspired by the
great American entertainment venues such as Radio City
Music Hall in New York. The auditorium is
in neo-baroque style with antique pergolas and sculptures,
and a starry ceiling. All three cinemas are now registered as
historic monuments of France.

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