Cinema Latin

34 Boulevard Saint Michel,
Paris 756006

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Built in the 1930’s as a newsreel theatre in what had formerly been a restaurant in the Latin Quarter, the architect was talented enough to find room for a single screen auditorium with a deep balcony, a lobby, and large facade. A curved stage gave the feeling of being a bigger place than it actually was.

Presenting second run movies in the 1950’s, the Latin was the only movie theatre in the surrounding to show popular and action movies.

In the 1970’s, after a refurbishing, the Latin became a first run movie theatre. In the 1980’s, with the development of newer first run theatres in that district, it turned to adult movies.

One of the first automatic projection systems (Philips) allowed the theatre to be run by one man, as the booth was near to the box office.

Once there was a hunger strike by a porn star in the lobby. All the newspapers had great interest in the story. In the 1990’s, due to the excellent location, the Latin was bought by a book/video/ records chain.

The place was remodeled, and by 2004, there was no trace left of the Latin.

Contributed by Xavier Delamare
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