Theatre du Nord Ouest
13 Rue du Faubourg-Montmartre,
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Theatre du Nord Ouest (Official)
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Club, Passage du Nord Ouest
On the land of a former convent was built a building with a spacious courtyard where in the underground level and at the rear side of the building was a cabaret.
The cabaret became famous for being managed by Edith Piaf after World War II. Converted to movies in 1952 it was renamed Club and was run by the same family for 30 years. The façade on the busy Rue du Faubourg Montmartre with a big neon sign led to the entrance of the building with a box office on wheels which was removed every evening.
After passing through the courtyard at the bottom of the lobby two staircases led to the underground 300-seat auditorium with a low ceiling. The projection booth was in two parts on each side of the staircases
Second run and B-movies filled the theatre for years. A small part of the lobby was walled up and used as retail space, though the original 1950’s design of the cabaret was preserved.
Around the 1990, with the fall of the Grand Boulevard a second movie was added for the same price and in the last year the owner was working alone with an automatic projection but with 600 movie goers each week instead of 3,000 in the old days. It closed as a cinema in 1991.
A major refurbishing took place to convert back to live shows and it became the Passage du Nord Ouest, a multipurpose theatre. By 2023 it was operating as Theatre du Nord Ouest
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