10.23.2015

THE LOUXOR CINEMA HOUSE




LE CINEMA LE LOUXOR

Now


In the 20's


In the 10th arrondissement of Paris, on the corner of boulevard de la Chapelle and boulevard de Magenta, stands a stunning cinema house built in 1921.The Louxor is a remarquable example of "ancient" architecture typical of the 20's. It's neo-egyptian façade— it takes its name from the Egyptian city of Louxor - is adorned with cobalt blue, black and gold mosaics designed by a well known decorator of the time by the name of Amédée Tiberti, and the work of the ceramics company of Gentil and Bourdet, of Billancourt.

The cinema fell into serious disrepair for a number of years but was registered as a Monument Historique in 1981. However it closed in 1988 after a short life as a night club.

Happily it reopened in 2013 after an extensive renovation, and luckily for me, it is now my "corner movie house", if you will.

Flowers, scarabs, and cobras abound as do references to Egyptian deities.

A large winged disk glows at night on upper terrace.

The night time view from the terrace onto the recently renovated Barbes Metro station is surprisingly spectacular.





au revoir.






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