“The cinema of masterpieces. The masterpiece of cinemas” said Jean Cocteau who was its godfather as well as the director Abel Gance.
Studio 28 was born, as its name indicates, in 1928. At that time, dozens of movie theaters abounded in Paris. Jean Mauclaire, the owner, was friends with the greatest filmmakers.
Very daring, he programs in his cinema Luis Buñuel’s film, “The Golden Age”, presented for the first time to the public in 1930. Unfortunately, the projection of the film caused a scandal. The theater was vandalized by shocked spectators, the film was banned, and Mauclaire was forced to sell.
In 1948, the theatre was taken over by the Rouleau family who still own it.
It’s a charming room, full of unusual objects and decorations. Among these, the chandeliers designed in 1950 by Jean Cocteau for the projection room are magnificent, the clay footprints of great names of the French cinema recall in a funny and offbeat way the American Walk of Fame and the fresco on the pretty terrace (where you can have a drink) shows us mythical actors and actresses.
It is also here that Amélie Poulain likes to go to the cinema on Friday nights, as do the people of Montmartre who are very proud of their cinema and contribute by their loyalty to save it. It is the last one in the neighborhood.