Opened in 1932, this huge art deco cinema was designed by Auguste Bluysen and its fantasy Hispanic interiors by US designer John Eberson. With its wedding-cake exterior, fairy-tale interior and the largest auditorium in Europe (2,650 seats), this listed historical monument is one of the few cinemas to upstage whatever it screens. Its blockbuster programming (usually in French) is suited to its vast screen; it also hosts concerts and rowdy all-night compilation events. Go behind the scenes in the crazy 50-minute guided tour (Etoiles du Rex), which includes a presentation about the construction of the auditorium and a visit to the production room, complete with nerve-jolting Sensurround effects.
Le Grand Rex
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- 1 boulevard Poissonnière
- €9.80; €8 reductions. Tour & film €14.80; €13 reductions
- Opening hours:
- Tour Les Etoiles du Rex every 5mins 10am-7pm Wed-Sun; daily during school hols
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