Cinema La Clef

34 rue Daubenton,
Paris 75005

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Architects: M. Bernard Ceyssac

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: La Clef, Images d'Ailleurs

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Cinema La Clef

Located on the south side of the River Seine (Left Bank) in the centre of the city, at the corner of rue Daubenton and rue de la Clef. The 3-screen La Clef was opened sometime in 1973, when its address was 21-27 rue de la Clef. It had a name change to Images d'Ailleurs before it was closed in 1981.

In 1990 it re-opened as Cinema La Clef, at first specializing in Black culture films. Seating in this 3-screen art house cinema is provided for 200 in the main auditorium, 75 in the basement auditorium, and seating capacity in the third auditorium is not known at present.

The Cinema La Clef was closed in 2018. It became a club, and from 20th September 2019 it began daily film screenings, operated by volunteer activists trying to keep the cinema open. They were evicted from the building on March 1, 2022. The building is ‘For Sale’ and the volunteer activists are hoping to raise enough money to buy it.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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AndreasP on November 1, 2020 at 4:36 am

Apparently, the cinema has been occupied by a club since 2019 and is open again for a daily screening. See

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