UGC Ciné Cité Bordeaux
13-15, rue Georges Bonnac,
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UGC France (Official)
Operated by: UGC
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Previous Names: Theatre des Arts, Apollo-Theatre, Apollo Cinema, Rio Cinema, Ariel Cinema
Located on the corner of Rue Judaique & Rue Castelnau d'Auros. The 2,800-seat Theatre Louit was built and opened in 1867. It was mainly used for opera. It went through a couple of name changed Follies Bergeres & Bouffes Bordelais but was later gutted by a massive fire.
It was rebuilt and opened as the Theatre des Arts which had 1,400-seats. It was designed by Bordeaux based architect Eugene Gervais. In 1907 it was re-named Apollo-Theatre, presenting operetta, variety and music hall. Josephine Baker appeared here.
In 1932 it was converted into the 2,000-seat Apollo Cinema, which opened on 15th October 1932 with Greta Garbo in “Mata Hari”. It was renovated in 1952. It was later partially demolished and re-opened as the Rio Cinema Cinema. In 1972 it became the Ariel Cinema and was converted into 5-screens, later another screen was added. In 1987 it was taken over by UCG and it became an 11-screen cinema. In 1997 the entrance was moved to Rue Georges Bonnac and it was re-named UGC Cine Cite Bordeaux, becoming a 15-screen multiplex. There is a large section of the side-wall of the original building and its decorations which can still be seen on the Rue Castelnau d'Auros.
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