70 Avenue du General Leclerc,
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This early 20th-Century neighbourhood theatre originally opened as a live theatre presenting operettas, comedies and vaudville etc. It received an Art Deco style remodeling in the 1932 and converted to cinema use.
In 1952 a new cinema was constructed inside the walls of the old theatre. The new auditorium had a big and deep balcony and stalls at the ground floor and could seat 1,200. It was renamed Mistral, a wind which blows at the south of France, because the location was near the southern border of Paris.
In the 1960’s the Mistral was a first run movie theatre and had 70mm equipment installed in order to present “How the West Was Won”. At Christmas-time, Disney movies were a big hit each year. Many James Bond movies were hits there too.
The wide screen was hidden by a curtain which opened from the left side to the right which took more time than a two piece curtain.
In 1972, the theatre was twinned, and later, the upper lobby the basement and the ground floor space were rebuilt giving four screens added to the 420 auditorium.
On the other side of the avenue, a seven screeen Gaumont multiplex added to the five screens of the Mistral, making this a movie spot for this district of Paris.
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