Paris - Ile De France Section
Grand Rex cinema - Boulevard Poissonniere
Le Grand Rex, a small replica of New-York Radio City Music Hall
This iconic Parisian cinema was built in 1932 for the cinema distributor Jacques Haïk.
The architects Bluysen and Eberson designed it as a small replica of the Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Its facades, roofs, main cinema room and its decor were classified as Historical Monument in 1981.
Haïk already owned the Olympia music hall when he decided to build this theatre.
The building was initially planned to accommodate 5,000 spectators, but ended up with ‘only’ 3,300 seats!
A 30m high ceiling representing a starry vault tops the 2000m2 grande salle.
The murals depict villas of the French Riviera.
Le Grand Rex inaugurated by Gary Cooper
Some of the most iconic personalities of the showbiz came to the prestigious cinema.
Gary Cooper inaugurated the escalator in 1957 and in 1963 Hitchcock chose it to present his new film... The Birds.
Three cinema rooms were added in 1974.
A giant 300m2 screen, Le Grand Large, was built in 1988 and turned Le Grand Rex into the largest cinema in Europe.
Luc Besson chose this giant screen for his film The Big Blue.
This setting was so effective that his iconic movie filled the room for 3 consecutive years!
You would have guessed by now that Le Grand Rex is not any ordinary cinema!
Its architecture, its size and its fabulous Art Deco decor single it out and turn it into a fabulous building.
Le Grand Rex can now accommodate up to 2800 spectators.
The programs choice was also extended.
Since 1997, Le Grand Rex has hosted special events that include prestigious films avant-premieres, but also one-man shows, concerts and festivals among others.
Those who have kept their child's soul will be delighted to know that the Grand Rex projects the cartoon the Disney Studios release every year before Christmas.
This special projection takes place 2 weeks before the cartoon’s national release.
The first part of the projection is a spectacular water and light show, La Féerie des Eaux, with a huge basin on the stage.
The tradition has gone on since 1954!
Le Grand Rex, definitively a Must See when visiting Paris!
Directions: 9th district - no1 Boulevard Poissonnière
Metro: Bonne-Nouvelle on lines 8 or 9
Coordinates: Lat 48.870470 - Long 2.347735