Gaumont Opera - Cote Francais
38 Boulevard des Italiens,
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Located in the Opera district of central Paris on the site of the Paillard restaurant. The Francais opened on 23rd March 1940 as a 1,150-seat single screen cinema. It specialised in screening French films, and was a luxurious cinema. It was operated by Jacques Haik who also operated the Rex Cinema.
In 1973, the original auditorium was sub-divided into 2-screens, and another 3-screens were added from the former Cinemonde Opera around the corner at 4 Chaussee-d'Antin.
Seating capacities in the screens are 400, 545 in the original auditorium space, with the smaller screens in the former Cinemonde Opera being 95, 100 and 120. By 2018 it had been re-named Gaumont Opera – Cote Francais and the seatinting capacity had been slightly reduced to 994.
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