One of the largest movie theatres in Europe and the last one still open in Paris with the original auditorium, the Rex has history and character.
Built in 1932 by Auguste Bluysens, the Rex was subjected to much criticism at the time and its architect condemned for building a theatre that looked so out of place among the wide, tree-lined boulevards of Haussmann’s Paris (Haussmann being the civic planner commissioned by Napoleon III to redesign Paris).
In 1953, it was the first cinema in France to show films in cinemascope and, in 1981, it was listed as a historic monument.
This magnificent, atmospheric building dominates the street with its steeple-like turret, corner entrance and bold lettering. Inside, it is a sight to marvel at. The interior decoration has remained unchanged since the cinema first opened. Designed by Maurice Dufrene, it includes a bar of shaped mirrors.
American engineer John Eberson, who built almost 400 cinemas across the US during the 1920s, designed the vast space inside, including its most striking feature – an Arabian Nights-themed archway of midnight blue covered with a constellation of stars.
Still used as a cinema, its screen is probably the largest flat screen in Paris.
It can accommodate some 2,750 people over three levels.
If you will be one of those in attendance on 15 March – beneath the theatre’s enchanting, starry sky – do let us know. We hope you will have a fantastic evening in what is truly a magical setting.