The Cinéma du Panthéon is the oldest Parisian cinema still in activity. At a time when films were seen in cafés and fairs and intended for the working classes, the construction of real cinemas allowed to attract a more elitist audience. This one, inaugurated in 1907, is now the last one from this period.
As the cinema of Jean-Luc Godard when he was young, but also of Jacques Prévert, the cinema has always been associated with the greatest talents of our French cinema.
For 60 years, it was the property of the producer Pierre Braunberger, one of the fathers of the New Wave movement, as he produced the very first films of Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, etc.
For 20 years now, the theater has belonged to the production company Why not Production, which is also used for successful independent films. For this reason, we find a treasure there! Indeed, on the second floor, you will discover a lovely tea room open only on weekdays, giving a special place to the cinema. Indeed, you will find a photo exhibition, books on cinema but above all, under the glass of a coffee table, trophies won by the production company and its films: a Palme d’Or, Césars, two BAFTAs. It is unique! There is no other place in Paris where you can admire such pieces.
Order yourself a tea and enjoy this privileged moment. The sofas as well as the whole lounge was entirely decorated by the actress Catherine Deneuve. Isn’t this the height of chic?