18 Rue de Passy,
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The Royal Passy opened in 1937 and was located in a new building on the first floor with huge staircases leading to a large foyer and lobby with a view on the rue de Passy. The auditorium seated 750. Next to the theater entrance at the ground floor was a “single price” store, which is now a Prisunic supermarket.
For years the Royal Passy was a second run theatre with family and neighbourhood patrons. In 1977 a change of owners and name to Broadway Passy occured, though the classic design did not change. The new owners spent a large amount of money to renovate and install a new giant screen called Spaciovision, based on Cinerama.
They reopened with a CinemaScope print of “How the West Was Won”. The screen was made in strips and was deeply curved (advertisements at that time announced 3D effects, which wasn’t actually the case). Patrons were a little bit disapointed but with stereo sound and a 70mm print policy, the Broadway Passy challenged the Kinopanorama.
But around 1980, there was no future for such a screen. The Broadway Passy went dark and later became a fur coat store.
In 1994 there was no movie theatre left in the 16th district and the building underwent a major remodeling with three screens, and still a huge lobby and was reopened, operated by an independent chain and called the Majestic Passy.
The Majestic is now a first run theatre with a wide screen 650 seat auditorium. The two other auditoriums seat 180 and 120. As of 2009, the seating capacities of the auditoriums are 318, 171 and 148.
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