Cineac Saint Lazare

Gare Saint Lazare,
Paris 75009

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Newsreel theatres were a concept created by an American businessman in 1929. The idea was to construct a cinema in a very busy area where patrons have an hour to spend.

Cineac Saint Lazare was the first built in Paris, in 1932, located under the Saint Lazare railway station. It was developed by Reginald Ford, and eventually the Cineac chain had 28 cinemas operating in France, Holland & Belgium.

One hour program was presenting newsreels, cartoons and documentaries nonstop. The design was also a concept with blue and white colours and Art Deco shapes.

In the 1960’s the Cineac Saint Lazar turned to second run movies at a cheap price and closed around 1965. It is now a retail shop.

Contributed by Xavier Delamare

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CTSteve
CTSteve on July 11, 2008 at 8:41 pm

CLARIFICATION RE CINEAC CHAIN

Newsreels were created by Pathé Frères of France in 1908, this form of film was a staple of the typical North American, British, and Commonwealth countries (especially Canada, Australia and New Zealand), and throughout European cinema programming schedule from the silent era until the 1960s when television news broadcasting completely supplanted its role.

In 1929 William Fox purchased a former Broadway theatre called the Embassy. He changed the format from a $2 show twice a day to a continuous 25 cent programme establishing the first newsreel theatre in the USA. The idea was such a success that Fox and his backers announced they would start a chain of newsreel theatres across the USA.

The Cineac Chain of Cinemas were created by Reginald Ford, son of a London based Jewish merchant named Joe Ford [birth name: Joel Flegeltaub]. The Cineac Chain consisted of somewhere between 15 and 20 cinemas throughout Europe.

dvorit
dvorit on August 7, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Dear Cineac Researcher
Do contact me please

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