Studio 28

10 Rue de Tholoze,
Paris 75018

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Studio 28

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.

Contributed by Xavier Delamare

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 29, 2004 at 10:37 pm

This is the famous theatre where Luis Bunuel’s 1930 surrealist film “L'Age d'Or” premiered and provoked a scandal. At the showing of October 3, there were demonstrations within the theatre by members of the Patriots' League and the Anti-Jewish League. Some shouted, “We’ll see if there are any Christians in France” and “Down with the Jews!” There were stink bombs, the screen was splashed with purple ink, seats were torn, paintings in the lobby were slashed. Authorities forced cuts to be made in the film. The film was banned on December 11 and all copies were confiscated by the police on December 12. The movie remained unseen for decades thereafter.

BRADE48 on April 12, 2013 at 6:59 pm

I had the great pleasure of spending 10 days in Paris last month. My hotel; “Hotel des arts montmartre” was across the road 20 feet away from this beautiful theatre. Very small, but comfy cinema. It is the oldest theatre in Paris I was told. I became so frequent that the cashier tried to sell me a Frequent Patron Card. I wish I could be a frequent patron…maybe I will. The 2 new “night” pics I just added.

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