L'Arlequin

76 Rue de Rennes,
Paris 75006

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L'Arlequin

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Located in the south of the city centre. Around 1935 a very impressive Art Deco style building was built by Radio Electric Company. This building was considered as a masterpiece of architecture in many magazines for its modernity, originally called the Lux, and had a large entrance which led to the underground 500 seat auditorium.

The fine Art Deco style design with a brown and white colour scheme remained up until the end of the 1960’s. There was a bar on one side of the auditorium and a large window on the other side showing the air conditioning system.

In order to convert the Lux into the Arlequin, a major refurbishing took place and the original Art Deco design vanished, as well as a wide screen installed.

“West Side Story”, after a long run at the Georges V continued at the Arlequin for years. Around the 1980’s a new owner gave a new name, the Cosmos for a new policy of exclusive Russian movies and a 70mm Russian projector was installed. Operated by an art film chain and again named the Arlequin, the movie theatre was renovated in the 1990’s returning to the pre-Cosmos decor with blue colours and “Roman” curtain and a screen curtain.

In 2001, two more screens were added, taking over the space of a night club (the former famous Rose Rouge of the 1950’s). During 2003 summer season a 70mm print festival with Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” and Jacques Tati’s “Play Time” was an occasion to enjoy the fine stereo sound and wide screen of the 500 seats auditorium.

Contributed by Xavier Delamare

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TruusBobJanToo
TruusBobJanToo on May 31, 2009 at 9:16 am

In 1962 this modern cinema was started by filmmaker Jacques Tati. Here he showed his masterpieces like Jour de Fête, in the colour version, and Playtime, on 70 mm. Between 1978 and 1991 L'Arlequin was renamed Le Cosmos and was the official cinema for Soviet films. Nowadays it’s one of the major art cinemas of Paris. Source: Lesecransdeparis.fr.

For a recent photo of the front at night.

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