Theatre Le Mery
7 Place de Clichy,
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Built in 1935 in the basement of a huge Art Deco apartment building which included a big brasserie and a night club located at the first floor. This opened as Le Clichy Cine and had seating for 345 on a single floor.
It was given the name Le Mery Cine after the name of a new owners wife. A huge name sign and poster sign are over the entrance with the cash box at street level. A deep stair-case leads down to the square auditorium which was renovated in the 1960’s becoming a first run movie theatre.
With the multiplexing of other cinemas in the neighbourhood the programme policy turned to porno movies in the late 1970’s and Le Mery became a very dirty place. It declined as other adult theatres in Paris did in the 1980’s and closed, remaining dark for a very long time.
A strange movie about the everyday life of people working and going in a porno theatre by Jacques Noleau (ex assitant and co writer of Andre Techine) was entirely shot in the closed-down theatre in 2001. Since 2002 the Mery has re-opened as a live theatre.
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