Pathe Bellecour

79 rue de la Republique,
Lyon 69002

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Operated by: Gaumont France

Previously operated by: Pathe

Architects: Eugene Chirie

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Pathe Palace, Pathe Natan

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 3389.269.6696

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April 28, 2013, in the rain, photo courtesy of Seth Gaines

Located in the city centre and built on the site of the Casino Kursaal. The Pathe Palace was opened in 1933 as a single-screen Art Deco style cinema with 1,600-seats in orchestra and two balconies. It is a rare example of this style of architecture in Lyon. It was built by the Pathe Freres chain, owned by Charles Pathe & Emile Pathe.

It has since been sub-divided into 10 screens, and is now operated by Gaumont-Pathe. It is an all digital cinema, and is equipped to screen 3D films.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

SethG on February 10, 2021 at 12:09 pm

I’m not sure it was ever just called the Bellecour, but until at least the early ‘50s, it was the Pathé Palace.

Every instance of Pathe should be corrected to Pathé.

SethG on February 10, 2021 at 12:28 pm

By the way, the current marquee is a reproduction of the original. Based on some more research, the architect was Eugène Chirié. It was opened as the Pathé Palace, became the Pathé Natan in 1934 or maybe 1935, returned to Pathé Palace in 1945, and became simply the Pathé in 1993.

There was a really ugly remodel in 1972, when the original auditorium was chopped into 4 screens with a total capacity of 1,850. A fifth screen was added in 1979, and three more in 1986. It closed in 1995, and reopened in 1996 with the present appearance and configuration. Apparently only the facade is original, the rest is new construction.

SethG on February 10, 2021 at 12:41 pm

As originally constructed, the capacity was 1,600 with two balconies.

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