The legendary Grand Rex is the oldest cinema in Paris. Opened in 1932, the same year as New York’s Radio City Music Hall, it boasts amongst other architectural features a Florentine balcony and a Byzantine loggia. The outside is decorated in a typical art deco style and the three lettered sign REX used to rotate.
The main screening room is an over-the-top mixture of baroque and art deco with a starry sky, and the screen is reputedly the largest in Europe. Originally designed to hold 5000 spectators, in practice it holds under 3000.
Les Etoiles du Rex, a 50 minute audio-guided tour, is held in the behind-the-scenes area, and can be combined with a ticket for the latest film you’d like to watch afterwards. Here’s a bit more information on my slightly embarrassing visit at Les Etoiles du Rex
78 rue de la Verrerie, Marais, 2e
Metro Bonne Nouvelle or Grands Boulevards
Tel.: +33 1 45 08 93 58/40
Grand Rex website