A 1920s Movie Palace Is Restored

The historic Louxor Palais du Cinéma, built in 1921 with a distinctive neo-Egyptian décor, has been restored and reopened this month. Located outside the Barbès-Rochechouart station at the corner of Boulevard Magenta and La Chapelle, the cinema closed in 1987 and was a crumbling eyesore until the City of Paris finally purchased it in 2003 and spent a decade bringing it back to life.

Now it’s an art house cinema – with no pre-feature ads – showing both classics and contemporary films from around the world in its huge 1000-seater screening room. If you just want to check out the atmosphere, pop in for a drink or snacks at the Bar du Louxor, whose terrace seating has views of Sacré Coeur and the lively Barbès district. Photo from Les Amis du Louxor.

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