Passage du Nord Ouest
13 Rue du Faubourg-Montmartre,
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On the land of a former convent was built a building with a spacious courtyard where in the underground level and at the rear side of the building was a cabaret.
The cabaret became famous for being managed by Edith Piaf after WWII. Converted to movies in the 1960’s and run by the same family for 30 years, the facade on the busy Rue du Faubourg Montmartre with a big neon sign led to the entrance of the building with a box office on wheels which was removed every evening.
After passing through the courtyard at the bottom of the lobby two staircases led to the underground 300 seat auditorium with a low ceiling. The projection booth was in two parts on each side of the stair cases.
Second run and B-movies filled the theatre for years. A small part of the lobby was walled up and used as retail space, though the original 1950’s design of the cabaret was preserved.
Around the 1990’s, with the fall of the Grand Boulevard a second movie was added for the same price and the last years the owner was working alone with an automatic projection but with 600 movie goers each week instead of 3,000 in the old days.
A major refurbishing took place to convert back to live shows and now the Passage du Nord Ouest is a multipurpose theatre.
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