Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect


Shining brightly on the corner of Boulevard Poissonnière and Rue Poisonnièrre in Paris, Le Grand Rex theatre declares it’s very much back in business and claims its role as one of the most iconic and unique buildings in Paris.

Designed by architect Auguste Bluysen with interiors styled by Maurice Dufrene and John Eberson, the cinema opened on 8th December 1932 and remains a living monument to Art Deco in all its extravagant glory. With 2,750 seats, the original movie auditorium remains the largest in Europe and features a removable screen within the proscenium and a real waterfall feature.

Classified as an historical monument since 1981, the building is a true temple of cinema and something of a national treasure to Parisians with fiilms shown only in their French version and a Disney feature traditionally shown every Christmas.

The theatre has undergone various updates over the decades with extra screens being added with great care being taken to preserve the original Art Deco architectural features. A major restoration was carried out in 2012, enriching the structure with golden details. Additions have been carried out in a sympathetic style, echoing the building’s heritage whilst bringing it up to date with luxury and comfort in mind.

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Grand Rex Salle 2 Infinite 02

During its closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ABP Architects undertook a complete renovation of auditorium No.2, including repairs to the original features as well as adding new elements in a modern interpretation of the Art Deco style.

The new 300-seat ‘Infinite’ auditorium features leather seats spaced a metre apart made by French cinema seat specialist Kleslo as well as a stylish bar at the back of the auditorium, complete with resplendent curves and subtle lighting.

Even the bathrooms have been given star treatment, with TREND GROUP using 2x2cm mosaic shading on the walls and floors to stunning effect. Featuring white and chocolate mingled with pure 24k gold glass tiles the result is a perfect example of old meets new in style, colour and atmosphere to create a unique visual experience from every angle.