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At the beginning of the 20th century the Theatre Francais de Bordeaux was a live theatre. The architecture of the building, which stands in the middle of a block is like the historic buildings of this city of the southwest of France.
The American Paramount chain was opening movie palaces in Europe around the 20s and 30s, and chose very fine theatres as the Paramount Opera in Paris which were rebuilt and converted to movies.
The Francais became a movie theatre and was later operated by French owners showing first run movies. The theatre had a very beautiful auditorium with two balconies and chandeliers with a huge stage used for premieres and live shows.
In the 80s the movie theatres of Bordeaux were multiplexed or closed and to survive every free space of the Francais was used to create six more screens after being sold to the CGR chain.
In 2000 a new multiplex opened in Bordeaux in a former railway station and a UGC Cine Cite in the city center which caused the Gaumont to close and the Francais with its small auditoriums loses its prestige.
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