Gaumont Opera Premiere
31 Boulevard de Italiens,
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In the 1930’s a huge office building called the Palais de Hanovre was built on the Grand Boulevards. At the ground floor were stores and a newsreel theatre that seated 200.
The building was renamed the Palais Berlitz after the English language school which located to the building. In the 1950’s the ground floor and basement of the building were converted into a 1,500-seat cinema called the Berlitz, and the old newsreel theatre was turned into a restaurant.
It was one of the most important first run movie theatres in Paris at that time. The design featured a huge curved lobby with stained glass windows leading to the big auditorium which had club armchairs. However, due to two large columns in the auditorium space, the size of the screen was limited.
In the 1980’s, the Gaumont France chain took over and divided the Berlitz including the restaurant (the former newsreel house) into six small screens. The place lost its orignal design and was not attractive.
In the 1990’s the building was entirely rebuilt with only the facade remaining. In the new building, the new six-screen multiplex run by Gaumont has a much nicer design and has a total seating capacity of 1,137.
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