Cinema Opera

9-11 rue de Thillios et 3 rue Theodor Dubois,
Reims 51100

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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.

Architects: Marcel Rousseau, Emile Thion

Styles: Art Nouveau

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The Cinema Opera was built in 1922, opening on 27th January 1923 with the film “les Hommes nouveaux” and was designed by architect Emile Thion & Marcel Rousseau in an Art Nouveasu style. It was a single screen cinema with seating for 1,500 in orchestra & balcony levels. From 1925 and into the 1930’s it was operated by Paramount.

In 1979 5-screens were built alongside seating a total of 1,366, and the entrance has been reversed to the rear of the building at 3 rue Theodor Dubois, using the former stage as a foyer. It was closed on 8th September 2019 and having been replaced by the 11-screen Opera Reims, located at 72 Place Drouet d'Erlon. It was announced that the Cinema Opera would be demolished to build apartments on the site and demolition began in October 2020. The original façade will be retained.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 22, 2010 at 10:18 am

The current main entrance, photographed in November 2010:
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The original facade, photographed in late-afternoon December 2007:
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