76 Rue de Rennes,
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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 conditionning 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 screen taps.
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.
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