Gaumont Opera

2 Boulevard des Capucines,
Paris 75009

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Gaumont Opera Capucines

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Built on the site of the Vaudeville Theatre, it opened in 1927 to the design of English theatre architect Frank T. Verity, who had also designed the Plaza, Lower Regent Street, London, UK for Adolph Zukor’s Paramount Pictures in 1926.

The Paramount Theatre had an original seating capacity of 1,920. It was split into seven screens during the 1970’s. The largest (Screen 3) holds 800, other screens have capacity’s ranging from 400 down to 125, 90 and 60 seats.

In 2007, the cinema underwent a renovation and was taken over by Gaumont Pathe and was renamed Gaumont Opera-Paramount Opera. Renovation of the 7-screens was completed in July 2008 and it became the Gaumont Opera Capucines.

By October 2009, it had been renamed Gaumont Opera.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 9, 2004 at 12:55 pm

Sorry Warren, I stand corrected. I took the incorrect spelling of Zukor from the book ‘Guide to Cinemas in Paris’ by Christophe Chenebault and Marie Gaussel, published in 1992. You are correct in your notes about Frank T. Verity regarding the London Plaza and Carlton Theatres. He was the architect, not interior designer and this possibly applies to the Paramount Opera Theatre. It could have been named just ‘Paramount’ when first opened?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 27, 2005 at 9:01 am

The Theatre du Vaudeville was built in 1868-69 and opened in 1869. The Paramount Theatre was contructed within the shell of the former theatre in 1927, retaining the original corner facade and possibly other outer walls. In later years it has been known as the Paramount Opera Theatre.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 28, 2006 at 1:38 pm

A recent photograph of the Paramount-Opera Theatre exterior at night:
http://flickr.com/photos/43633094@N00/117255068/

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 14, 2006 at 6:47 am

The Paramount Theatre opened on 24th November 1927 with the Merian C. Cooper/Ernest B. Schoedsack production of the Paramount Picture “Chang”-epic of the Jungle. It was preceeded by the Paramount Orchestra playing the Overture the The Mastersingers by Richard Wagner, a Paramount ‘Actualites’ short documentary “Les Yeux du Monde”(Eyes of the World), a Max Fleisher ‘Out of the Inkwell’–‘KOKO’ cartoon, English organist Reginald Foort at the Wurlitzer 2Manual/10Rank theatre organ and a stage production by Leonce Perret starring Hope Hampton, Jaque Catelain and Gina Manes in “Printemps D'Amour”(Spring of Love).

In an American trade journal (possibly Better Theaters) there is an article dated June 2nd 1928 titled ‘The Finest Theatre in Paris’. Describing the building and it’s construction it is stated that:–

‘It was built by French engineers after plans by R.E. Hall & Company of New York, architects and surveyors of several notable theatres in this country.(USA) The construction and design was carried out by Frank T. Verity of London, designer of the Plaza and Carlton theatres there and Auguste Bluysen of Paris. Major Charles H. Bell of London was the engineer in charge of the electrical installation.

The main entrance opens on a grand domed foyer in a conservative Modern French style(early Art Deco), while the auditorium design is in an Italian Renaissance style. The seating plan is orchestra, mezzanine and balcony with just over 1,900 seats distributed over three levels'.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on October 27, 2007 at 3:57 pm

Here is an entire PROGRAM BOOKLET for the end of 1928, listing current and coming attractions, both films and vaudeville acts, including Maurice Chevalier.

Bruce Calvert
Bruce Calvert on December 6, 2007 at 12:05 pm

Here’s another original program from the Paramount from March, 1928.

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SethLewis
SethLewis on August 3, 2008 at 1:08 pm

The refurbishment here is complete and all 7 screens are open…the integration with Gaumont means that big films in “Version Originale” are now opening on the neighborhood’s biggest screens…my local for nearly 2 years in Paris with among others Poseidon, The Kingdom and Rambo in French, No Country for Old Men in English, and a lot of popcorn for evenings in my office nearby…a generally higher quality of welcome and more grand experience than newer build multiplexes…lives up to its proposed grandeur

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on October 24, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Recent photo showing Gaumont not Paramount name now on this cinema:
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AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on January 16, 2010 at 11:21 pm

When did it’s name change?
Great looking building.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 21, 2010 at 7:10 pm

An interesting article in Boxoffice of August 17, 1946, recounts some of the story of the Paramount Theatre during the occupation of Paris by the Nazis. The scan is a bit blurry, but after clicking on the magazine image to enlarge it, you can click on the + sign in the bar that appears above it to enlarge further and most of the text will be fairly readable.

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