Gaumont Champs Elysees

66 Champs Elysees,
Paris 75008

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A new mall called Point Show was built on the Champs Elysees in 1971. It included two movie theatres: a triplex in the middle of the mall and the Gaumont Champs Elysees with entrance on the Champs Elysees. It was the last single screen ever built in Paris and the style of the auditorium is elegant and comfortable.

Jacques Tati’s “Traffic” opened the Gaumont and ran for months. The foyer and lobby were spacious enough to welcome the patrons before the movie and during the intermission.

Kubrick’s “ A Clockwork Orange” played to a full house for months, as did a revival of “The Sound of Music”. With “Hair”, patrons discovered the first Dolby stereo movie—the beginnig of the song “Age of Aquarius” was a thrill.

In 1985 a terrorist bombing happened in the mall and made a hole in the ceiling. Nobody was injured among the audience but the Gaumont closed for a while.

Around 1990, screens were added to the nearby Gaumont Ambassade and in the same area, the Gaumont Colisee closed and later the Pathe Marignan was operated by Gaumont. All these screens were close to each other and the Gaumont Champs Elysees was still popular with a 500 seat capacity. A 1998 refurbishement gave a wider screen and new seats.

But a desire by retail chains to find better spots in the mall brought about the closure of the movie theatre and its replacement with a Benetton store.

Contributed by Xavier Delamare
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