76 Rue de Rennes,
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Les Ecrans de Paris (Official)
Operated by: Les Ecrans de Paris
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Lux, Cosmos
Located in the south of the city centre. In 1930 a very impressive Art Deco style building was built by Radio Electric Company to the designs of architects Albert Laprade & Leon Bazin. This building was considered as a masterpiece of architecture in many magazines for its modernity, originally called the Lux, it had a large entrance which led to the underground 500 seat auditorium.
The fine Art Deco style design with a brown and white colour scheme remained up until the end of the 1960’s. There was a bar on one side of the auditorium and a large window on the other side showing the air conditioning system.
In order to convert the Lux into the Arlequin, a major refurbishing to the plans of architect M. Georges Peynet took place in May 1972, and the original Art Deco design vanished, as well as a wide screen installed.
“West Side Story”, after a long run at the Georges V continued at the Arlequin for years. Around the 1980’s a new owner gave a new name, the Cosmos for a new policy of exclusive Russian movies and a 70mm Russian projector was installed. Operated by an art film chain and again named the Arlequin, the movie theatre was renovated in the 1990’s returning to the pre-Cosmos décor with blue colours and “Roman” curtain and a screen curtain.
In 2001, two more screens were added with 102 and 98 seats, taking over the space of a night club (the former famous Rose Rouge of the 1950’s). During 2003 summer season a 70mm print festival with Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” and Jacques Tati’s “Play Time” was an occasion to enjoy the fine stereo sound and wide screen of the 395 seat auditorium.
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