It may seem surprising to review cinemas today. After all, a cinema remains a cinema, a room, a screen… And yet, it is one of my favorite themes because many of them remain the testimony of an era, of an architecture and behind their facade are hidden treasures that make them unique. The king of Parisian cinemas is undoubtedly the Grand Rex. One can have his habits or even his preferences elsewhere but, just like the Eiffel Tower, it is a must-see.
The largest cinema in Europe with a capacity of 2700 seats, the largest screen too (300 m2), classified as a historical monument since 1981, it was designed to impress the spectators and this remains the case today. Built in 1932 in an Art-Deco style by Jacques Haïk, who also owned the Olympia at the time, his idea was to create a room that would make spectators believe they were watching their film outside: the starry skies in homage to movie stars and a décor made of oriental facades have been preserved.
The huge stage has hosted and still hosts shows that we attend curled up in comfortable red leather chairs. The most famous of them takes place every year for the end-of-year celebrations. It precedes the classic Disney Christmas since 1954. The “Féérie des Eaux” is a 15-minute water and light show that has become mythical. Outside of this period, diving into this art-deco palace dedicated to cinema where the show is also in the room, remains a unique experience.