Le Louxor is a famous Art Déco building (with so-called neo-Egyptian variations) which hosted a cinema since the 1920s. After being transformed into an unsuccessful gay nightclub in the 1980s, it remained closed for many years and offered the sad view of a once glorious but now abandoned building to the passengers of the elevated metro line 2 who could see its deteriorated façade at Barbès-Rochechouart station.
Recently restored, it reopened in 2013 as a cinema, and offers 3 different screens, one of which located in the historical room (named Youssef Chahine) exuberantly decorated with Egyptian patterns. Films are shown in VO (ie original language, with French subtitles if not already in French) and there’s a wide range of films in the programme, but only a few commercial films (you can check the programme on their website, which in the right column shows the films shown in the Youssef Chahine room – others rooms are not as beautiful).
Don’t hesitate to come earlier (or to stay after the film), since the third floor of the Louxor has a bar (open only to the spectators of the cinema though, 18:00 – 22:30 weekdays, 13:00-22:30 on weekends), with a nice terrace overlooking the Sacré-Coeur and the impressive metallic architecture of the elevated metro. This bar proposes light meals (soups, salads, plates of cheese or cold meat) and also sells bottled beers produced by the local brewery Goutte d’Or, which would be a pity not to taste if you’re a beer lover.