UGC George V

144-146 Avenue des Champs-Elysees,
Paris 75008

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Main, original auditorium

Located at the top end of the Avenue des Champs-Elysees at number 146, close to the Arc de Triumphe. The Portiques Cinema opened on 26th October 1938 with "Nuits d'Andalousie", and it had 400 seats in its single auditorium. It was renovated and enlarged in 1952, gaining luxurious marble fittings, gildings and a new name George V. The British king’s crown was reproduced on all the hangings.

One of the longest presentations at the George V was "West Side Story" which had a run of four years, eight months and ten days (218 weeks) beginning on 2nd March 1962. The film was then transfered to the Avenue on the Champs Elysees for 25 weeks, then transfered to the Arleqine for a further 16 weeks. The cinema was THX certified in 1987.

By the early-1980’s, extra screens were made out of space within the number 146 Portiques building, with the original screen 1 still retaining its 450 seats (It was THX certified in 1987). Screens 4, 9 and 10 have seating for 130, 80 and 75.

In 1984, five extra screens were added in the building next door at number 144 Champs-Elysees named the Pergola. In recent years another three screens have been added to this section of the cinema, making the entire complex of 11 screens. The Pergola building now hosts screen 2 which has a seating capacity of 400, and also located there are screens 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 11. Screen 3 has 170 seats, while the others vary around 65 to 95 seats each.

The UGC chain took over the George V in 1992, and it was re-named UGC George V. Screening first run movies, they are usually in their original language versions.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 12, 2009 at 4:29 am

A photograph of the entrance at number 144 Champs-Elysees, not the original entrance:
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silverscreens on May 12, 2009 at 7:49 am

The seven “Pergola” screens opened early 1984, well before UGC’s arrival. The largest auditorium, very nice by that time’s standards, is where I saw “Rumble Fish” (“Rusty James” in French!) the week after the opening week I believe.

SethLewis on May 12, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Remember this as a pretty grand experience for Billy Wilder’s The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes…as a multiplex the main room is ok, the smaller screens can be hit or miss…in the past couple of years have seen American Gangster, Bee Movie, The Incredibles, Haunted Mansion, a Sidney Lumet with Vin Diesel, and a French picture there

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