Le Louxor, Egyptian cinema in Paris

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What is the common point between Egypt, cinema and Paris? Le Louxor, j’adore!

Like cats, this mythical place has had several lives. Initially an independent cinema that opened in 1921, it was taken over and operated by Pathé until the late 70s. Yet this popular cinema will experience a slow decline … It was bought in 1983 by its famous neighbor Tati – the discount shopping in Barbès – whose redevelopment project in retail store will never succeed.

Alternately an African Creole nightclub “La Dérobade” and then a gay club “Mégatown”, the place is gradually abandoned even though it is classified as a historical monument. Attached to this exceptional place, several vibrant local associations mobilize in order for Le Louxor to regain its cultural vocation and the project was finally supported by the City of Paris.

The idea? Propose a local theater in a neighborhood that lacks it desperately, and offer both popular and cinephile programming. Inaugurated last April 17, Le Louxor has a new youth and will make you fall in love with the delightfully kitsch decor in the colors of ancient Egypt. The equipment, however, is prime in its three rooms including the so-called “Youssef Chahine”, which hosts 340 people spread in its orchestra section and two balconies, a giant screen, all decorated with ornaments worthy of the Tutankhamun period. So, would you like to go to the movies?

170, boulevard Magenta – 75010 Paris
Metro: Barbès-Rochechouart lignes 2 et 4
Bus : 30, 31, 54, 56, 85
RER D, E, B : Magenta, Gare du Nord
Vélib : Station n° 9003 – Carrefour Barbès
Auto lib’ : 11 rue Guy Patin, 75010 Paris; 26 avenue Trudaine & 23 Boulevard de Clichy, 75009 Paris
Want another unusual cinema in Paris ? La Pagode !

That little extra: Le Luxor bar offers light meal before or after your movie … and a breathtaking view of the Sacré Coeur and the bustling district of Barbès from its terrace (only for audience – closed at 10pm).

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Eric Bois

Content & Community Manager chez SoFrenchy
Lyonnais d'origine, il aime la photo, les concerts, le street-art... bref faire le plein de culture. Un peu geek, il est à l'affût des dernières innovations, vous savez, celles qui vont changer le monde (!). Son truc, c'est le mélange des genres. Proposez lui un pique-nique électro ou un apéro-expo, il sera aux anges