Gaumont Opera

2 Boulevard des Capucines,
Paris 75009

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Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 30, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Here is a clearer version of the incredible 1946 story about the Paramount during the Nazi occupation that was mentioned above by Joe Vogel: boxofficemagazine

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 22, 2010 at 1:10 am

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.

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on January 17, 2010 at 5:21 am

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

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on October 24, 2009 at 6:36 pm

Recent photo showing Gaumont not Paramount name now on this cinema:
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SethLewis
SethLewis on August 3, 2008 at 7:08 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

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 5, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Here are new links to vintage views:
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Bruce Calvert
Bruce Calvert on December 6, 2007 at 6:05 pm

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

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on October 27, 2007 at 9:57 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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 10, 2007 at 7:10 pm

At the end of the opening night festivities, the Paramount’s symphony orchestra disappeared from view on its elevator platform while playing “The Stars and Stripes Forever”…Other Paramount-run theatres in France at this time were the Broglie-Palace in Strasbourg; Printania and Familia, Lille; Odeon, Marseille; Opera, Reims; Paris-Palace, Nice; Theatre Francais, Bordeaux; and Tivoli-Cinema, Lyon. Paramount also operated the Coliseum Theatre in Brussels, Belgium.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 10, 2007 at 4:52 pm

Like its namesake in New York City, the Paris Paramount had a rather narrow stage due to space restrictions of the ground site. Two magnificent ornamental fountains made of the finest French crystal graced either side of the proscenium arch. I wonder whatever became of them? The auditorium itself was also narrow, though deep, with only three sections of seats across:
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 15, 2006 at 11:34 am

This recent exterior photo was published in yesterday’s magazine of The New York Times, along with an article about America’s cultural influence around the world entitled “The Perils of Soft Power”:
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 14, 2006 at 1:04 pm

I don’t think that the current name in the introduction is correct. There should be a hyphen between Paramount and Opera (Paramount-Opera). Opera is the name of the Paris district in which the Paramount is situated. The area takes its name from the Paris Opera House, which is probably its most famous building and one of the city’s landmarks.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 14, 2006 at 12:47 pm

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'.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 28, 2006 at 8:38 pm

A recent photograph of the Paramount-Opera Theatre exterior at night:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 27, 2005 at 3:01 pm

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 August 9, 2004 at 6:55 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?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 9, 2004 at 4:02 pm

The movie pioneer was Adolph Zukor, not “Zucker”…The usually reliable “London’s West End Cinemas” by Allen Eyles & Keith Skone says that the Plaza Theatre was the work of architect Frank T. Verity and interior designer Marc Henri. London’s Carlton Theatre is also credited to Verity, this time working with Sam Beverley. I suspect that gremlins have been at work in the introductory credits for the Paramount Opera Theatre. And the name may also be wrong. I think it was Paramount Theatre, Opera, the latter designating the district in which it’s situated (named for the Paris Opera House).

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 8, 2004 at 9:53 pm

I’m under the impression that Paramount acquired the Vaudeville while it was still under construction and merely changed the name to the Paramount, but I could be wrong. Can anyone comment on that?

pincus
pincus on August 8, 2004 at 9:46 pm

Messieurs

Nous visitons votre cinéma pour la première du film “Arsene Lupin” Octobre 11.

Questions:

Le cinéma est-il bien équipé pour les visiteurs handicapés ?
L'allocation des places handicapées près d'un bas-côté peut-elle être demandée ?
L'entrée à la salle est-elle possible sans utilisation des ascenseurs ?

Une réponse d'email serait beaucoup appréciée.

Paul Wiseman

XavierDelamare
XavierDelamare on May 27, 2004 at 10:14 am

The Paramount Opera which was built on the spot of the Vaudeville theatre and kept his former design till the 50s when a major refurbishing gave a wider sreen and carpeted walls,was not split at the same time ,it began by a new theatre underground in a former rehersal room in the 70s.This 400 club armchairs auditorium was looking like a small Normandie with a fine wooden design.
Then the big auditorium was split in two screens ex balcony 800 seats, ex stalls and mezzanine
1000 seats with a balcony.The 800 seats auditorium burnt a week before the opening.
Later the 1000 seats auditorium was split in two screens and two shops in the same building were converted in two small theatres.
Because of the spliting of big theatres in the neightbourghood a 7th screen was needed and the space of the former thea room in the rotunda became a 92 seats theatre around 1980 part of the design was moved to the ground floor to give an art deco look at the main lobby and the facade is still impressive.In 2004 this multiplexed movie palace has a policy of first run movies and special events,it is owned from the beginning by an American company.
In the 30s the show before the movie was one of the finest in Paris with the Paramount orchetra,chorus line and pipe organ.This organ was destroyed in 1970 some pipes are walled up in concrete.
The lobby of the 800 seats screen is Art Deco and well preserved.
Among the big hits of the Paramount was the C Bde Mille10 commandments in Vistavision for the first time,and i saw most of the Elvis movies around the 60s GI blues,viva las Vegas …A lot of pictures are showing the huge facade with painted adds and patrons queueing on each side for the performance.
Special sceenings for the cinema owners took place in the morning in the50s and 60s.