Le Grand Rex
Le Grand Rex is the largest cinema in Paris, with 2,800 seats. An atmospheric theatre in American parlance, it features a starred "sky" overhead and interior fountains. It is a landmark of Art Deco architecture. It features the largest screen in Europe, called grand large.
The cinema was built for Jacques Haïk, a wealthy film producer, and designed by Auguste Bluysen, a French architect. John Eberson, a Romanian-American, served as a consulting architect. Eberson was known for his atmospheric cinemas in North America, and for more than three hundred in his career. Construction began in 1931, and the cinema opened its doors the following year on the evening of December 8. In a dark period, it was used as a "Soldatenkino" (soldiers' cinema) during the German occupation. A French government decree on 5 October 1981 listed the Cinéma Rex, its interior decor, roofs and facades as a "Monument National".
The cinema is host to the Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival each April, a six-day event that attracts more than 48,000 attendees and is the most important adventure and discovery film festival in the world. In December there is the Féerie des Eaux, an aquatic-themed event featuring 1200 on-stage jets of water, centering around a recently released family film.
- White, Norval (1991). The Guide to the Architecture of Paris. Charles Scribner's Sons. p. 169. ISBN 0-684-19293-4.
- Cinéma Rex site listing on the Ministry of Culture website. (French)
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