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Grand Ecran Italie

2006 Photo from the Carroll H Rasch collection
30 place d'Italie
Paris FR 75013

Record #683  
 Opened: 1992
 Closed: January 2, 2006
 Current Use:
Architect(s): Kenzo Tange
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:
 Previously operated by: Gaumont CinĂ©mas

Information for this tour was contributed by Carroll H Rasch.

Large blockbuster films played in the large theater and "small" films in the two theaters downstairs. Almost always in VO ("version original" meaning original language and sometimes without subtitles).

When a film was preceded by lots of publicity ("Jurassic Park", "The Fifth Element", "Star Wars"), and expectations of large audiences were realized, the main screen showed the feature around the clock on weekends. Even the 4:00 AM showings were said to have been packed.

The three theater venues: The "Grandest Ecran" (screen) was easy to find just inside the entry of the building. Theaters 2 and 3 were downstairs and below the shopping area.

Theater 1: approximately 650 seats. Panoramic screen is 240 square meters. The screen is 24 meters X 10 meters. There was a laser light show before most of the showings. The light show changed only about once a year.

Theater 2: 100 seats - screen 9 meters x 3.5 meters, Stereo Dolby A, SR.

Theater 3: 100 seats - screen 8 meters x 3.5 meters, Stereo Dolby A, SR.

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September 2006 photos from the Carroll H Rasch collection.

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