Cineac Montparnasse

Gare Montparnasse,
Paris 75014

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Cineac Montparnasse

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In 1933, the second Cineac chain newsreel cinema was built in the Gare Montparnasse (railway station), under the old station.

The architectural firm de Montaut & Gorska, created a very interesting Art Deco design. On the facade of the station, a huge neon sign and neon arrows invited patrons to a large corridor. The floor made of tiles was a masterpiece and the lobby had two large windows one showing the air conditionning system the other on a higher level the projection booth.

The auditorium had a very fine Art Deco design too, and a space at the rear for standing viewers. The screen was high enough to avoid the problem of permanent traffic on the aisles.

Until the end of the 1960’s, this amazing place was not altered by any refurbushing, only a CinemaScope screen was added. But in the 1970’s, the old railway station was razed, and the Cineac vanished.

Contributed by Xavier Delamare
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