Barbizon

141 Rue de Tolbiac,
Paris 75013

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Located in the south of the city centre, in what today is one of the Chinese sections of Paris. The Cinema des Familles was opened prior to 1946. It was a single balcony cinema, with a large lobby. It was later re-named Barbizon.

After running successfully as a neighbourhood cinema, it was twinned in the early-1970’s and began screening Kung Fu movies. It was closed in the late-1980’s and remained dark for over 20 years, despite many attempts to re-open.

In 2003, an association organised performances in the building in order to give it a new life, but it was a short lived venture. The Barbizon was demolished by early-2013.

Contributed by Ken Roe, Xavier Delamare
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