Cinema Mac-Mahon

5 Avenue Mac-Mahon,
Paris 75017

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Functions: Movies (Classic)

Styles: Art Deco

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 3314.380.2481

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Located at the beginning of Avenue Mac-Mahon next to the Arc de Triumphe. Opened in September 1938 on the site of a former theatre, this small movie theatre is built in the basement of a building and is one of the last single screens of Paris, like a miracle it is still a movie theatre with an interior design unchanged since the beginning. The front side has been renovated but with a good taste. A small lobby leads you to a large staircase and you get into the auditorium on the left side of the screen.

The Mac-Mahon was an art movie theatre since the beginning and for a long time was owned by the same person. Now it is open during the weekends and can be hired for various kinds of events (such as birthday parties). A recent DVD of the French movie “Les Tontons Flinguers” uses a scene of the auditorium in a bonus to introduce a newsreel of 1963. It was closed for a while in 2022 to allow for a refresh, which included widening the screen. It reopened in early-October 2022.

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Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

SethLewis on April 20, 2004 at 10:41 am

A fabulous place to catch a Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers or Buster Keaton classic literally a few steps from the Champs Elysees…Paris used to be full of cinemas like this…There are still a few on the Left Bank but this has always been a Right Bank mainstay! Worth supporting if you’re ever visiting Paris

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 20, 2004 at 7:57 pm

I think I was only there once, in August of 1970 to see Samuel Fuller’s UNDERWORLD, U.S.A. That kind of auteurist favorite defined the programming of the Mac Mahon. I’m glad it’s still around!

hardbop on April 8, 2005 at 12:54 pm

Last night time I was in Paris I stayed right around the corner from the famous Mac Mahon. Isn’t this the theatre where the Godards and the Truffauts and the Rohmers received their cinema educations?

I remember catching David Lynch’s “Wild at Heart” here in ‘01 and this guy about three-quarters through the movie gets up from his seat, walks in front of the screen and gives the screen “the bird.” I don’t think he liked the film too much.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 13, 2007 at 7:52 am

A recent 2007 photograph of the Cinema Mac Mahon:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 13, 2007 at 9:46 am

A September 2006 close-up photograph of the entrance:

lchadbou1 on August 3, 2013 at 11:17 am

In the 1992 Chabrol film, “Betty,” heroine Marie Trintignant walks by this fabled theatre.

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