Oct 21, 2009
I was in 1, Boulevard Poissoniere, 2 nd arrondissement, to watch and enjoy Disney movies. This is the biggest movie theatre still operating in Paris, the Grand Rex opened on 8th December 1932 with "Les Trois Mousquetaires"(The Three Musketeers). Built for independent operator Jacques Haik, who already operated the 5,000 seat l'Olympia music hall, and was the man who made Charlie Chaplin famous in France.
The Rex Theatre Jacques Haik was designed by architect Auguste Bluysen in an Art Deco style, both externally and in its foyers, dance hall and restaurant areas. The Atmospheric/Moroccan style auditorium was the work of architect/interior decorator Maurice Dufrene, styled after the work of noted American theatre architect John Eberson. Originally seating was provided for 3,500 on orchestra, mezzanine and balcony levels. It is in a perfect shape a big screen called "grand large", a screen behind the stage that can be removed, is used for some movies and every Christmas. Disney movies are a tradition with a waterfall on stage. There is an additionnal attraction called "Les Etoiles du Rex", looking like a Euro Disney attraction, which took me on a 'self conducted' backstage tour which describes the history of the theatre and the movies with plenty of thrills and special effects.
Station on Paris metro: Bonne Nouvelle