10 Rue de Tholoze,
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Replacing a cabaret, the Studio 28 opened in 1928 with 400 seats and was run by a producer, presenting art movies. It was a meeting place for various artists painters writers. In 1932 a new owner started programming mostly American movies, among them the Marx Brothers' movies, unknown in France at that time. A statue of the Marx Brothers is still in the bar.
In 1948, two brothers (not the Marx) began operating the Studio 28 and gave new life to the theatre. In 1959, they started a multi programme policy of mostly art movies.
The auditorium seated 200 on the floor level and was decorated by light fixtures designed especially by Jean Cocteau. The architect was V. Scob.
It was a family business, with one of the brothers as the projectionist, the mother at the box office, and the wifes as ushurettes. From the small facade, a narrow foyer with a bar gave lead to a lobby and then to the auditorium and a lovely garden.
Around the 1980’s, a difficult period for the Studio 28 began. The son of the owner took over the management of the theatre with a new policy of “avant premiere”.
Some financial help from the city of Paris gave the opportunity to renovate and upgrade the theatre. Now the Studio 28 keeps the charm of the old days, but with Dolby sound, a wide screen, air conditioning, 170 confortable seats and a lovely restaurant in the garden area, where you can have a drink before and after the movie. It is the difference between home cinema and a good reason to go to the movies.
A scene of the movie “Amelie” takes place at the Studio 28, which is located on a small street next to the Moulin Rouge on one side of the Butte Montmartre.
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