Gaumont Palace

3 rue Caulaincourt, Place Clichy,
Paris 75018

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kmedeiros
kmedeiros on January 12, 2012 at 9:41 pm

My son found a original movie tix from this theater for King Kong in 1933. I was wondering if it is worth anything? If so does anyone know where I could sell it?

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on November 29, 2009 at 11:26 pm

A cool BW photo that somebody posted recently:
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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on April 14, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Photo my father took circa 1955. (My scan of the slide)
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MarmadukeJinks
MarmadukeJinks on October 27, 2008 at 1:53 pm

I’ve written about this cinema on my blog(http://parisisinvisible.blogspot.com/2008/10/prince-and-pauper.html), comparing the previous pictures found here with current pictures I took of what is there today. I wasn’t sure who to credit for the archive pictures so apologies to anybody who thinks they should have been credited.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 18, 2008 at 8:13 pm

Here are new links to three images described above on 11/20/06. Another was similar to one posted above by “Roloff” on 3/23/07, so I’m not repeating it:
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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on December 3, 2007 at 11:15 pm

Scroll down to page 13 for vintage photo of organ console on stage in this theater:
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Roloff
Roloff on March 23, 2007 at 2:51 pm

I have an old postcard that I’ve scanned and put in my flickrstream: View link

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 20, 2006 at 3:47 pm

It seems possible that the Gaumont Palace was the largest cinema in the world, with as many as two or three hundred seats more than New York City’s Radio City Music Hall or Roxy. Here are some images copied from Francis Lacloche’s monumental book, “Architectures de Cinemas,” published in 1981 and now out-of-print. The first is a montage of views of the original Gaumont, which opened in 1911. The rest show the 1930 modernization by architect Henri Belloc, which was a major influence on Samuel Rothafel’s plans for the Rockefeller Center theatre that eventually became known as Radio City Music Hall.
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 19, 2006 at 3:22 pm

While browsing in the current liquidation sale at Tower Records, I lucked on a superb CD recorded in 1990 on the Gaumont Palace’s legendary Christie organ. With Bernard Dargassies at the console, the 19-track CD is a mix of standards and Dargassies originals, with a total playing time of 41 minutes. According to the liner notes, “Christie” was the brand name of the British manufacturer, Hill, Nordmann & Beard. “For forty years, each performance was carried out with the same ritual and the same unchanged and methodical staging: the Hall with its 6,420 seats suddenly plunged into darkness and then gradually re-lighted in multi-colors as the console started to play and finally came into full view on its elevator.” Here is the organ as shown on the CD’s cover:
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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on August 22, 2006 at 12:28 am

Historic photo from early 20th Century:
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