Espace Saint-Michel

7 place Saint-Michel,
Paris 75005

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Architects: Paul Dubreuil, Rene Sergent

Functions: Movies (First Run), Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent)

Previous Names: Cinema Saint-Michel

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 33014.407.2049

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Espace Saint-Michel

Located in the Latin Quarter district on the south side, (Left Bank) of the River Seine. The building was originally the Bouillon Gandon Restaurant. On 22nd December 1911, it was converted in the Cinema Saint-Michel to the plans of architect Rene Sergent. Seating was provided for 300 in orchestra and balcony levels. It had a rear projection box at the back of the screen. In 1955 it was remodelled to the plans of architect Paul Dubreuil and the seating capacity was increased to 470-seats.

In 1981, it was twinned. On 21st October 1988, the interior of the cinema was destroyed in a fire. It had been started by a religious fanatic protesting the Saint-Michel Cinema screening the Martin Scorsese film “The Last Temptation of Christ”. Thirteen people were injured in the blaze, one of them seriously.

The auditoriums were rebuilt and it reopened in October 1991 as the Espace Saint-Michel. Seating is proved for 100 and 130 in the two auditoriums. The cinema now has a restaurant and bookshop and a clubroom for patrons to meet and discuss films.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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DavidZornig on July 14, 2017 at 2:46 pm

New York Times article about the 1988 fire.

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