Cinema Le Balzac

1 Rue Balzac,
Paris 75008

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Le Balzac

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Located just off the Champs-Elysees, the Cine Balzac opened on 6th May 1935 with King Vidor’s “The Wedding Night” starring Gary Cooper. Seating was provided for 640 in a stadium plan, with a stepped raised section at the rear. An unusual feature was the layout of the seating area, which was in a semi-circle, similar to an amphitheatre, and was was a ‘first’ for Paris. There was a central dome in the ceiling, which was surrounded by smaller domes, all containing concealed lighting. Initially it screened foreign films, especially American comedies.

Always independently operated, it was sub-divided into three screens in 1975. Screen 1 now has 385 seats, retaining the semi-circular configuration. Screen 2 has 145 seats and Screen 3 has 81 seats. It was renovated in June 1992. Today operating as an art house cinema.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on June 8, 2011 at 4:52 am

2010 exterior photos by Woody show Art Deco marquee http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/4288644065/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/4288642009/

2009 shows Art Deco marquee http://www.flickr.com/photos/festivalpariscinema/5484827873/

2008 lit up at night http://www.flickr.com/photos/lliurealbir/3157876042/

exterior in BW with much text http://www.flickr.com/photos/25350570@N07/5194469083/

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