2 Boulevard des Capucines,
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Operated by: Pathe
Previous Names: Vaudeville Paramount Palace, Paramount Theatre, Paramount Opera, Gaumont Opera-Paramount Opera, Gaumont Opera Capucines, Gaumont Opera, Cinema Gaumont Opera, Gaumont Opera - Cote Capucines
Built on the site of the Vaudeville Theatre at the corner of Boulevard des Capucines and rue de la Chaussee-d'Antin. The Vaudeville Paramount Palace opened on 24th November 1927 with Merion C. Cooper’s documentary “Chang:A Drama of the Wilderness”. It was designed by British theatre architect Frank T. Verity, who had also designed the Plaza Theatre, Lower Regent Street, London, UK for Adolph Zukor’s Paramount Pictures in 1926. Associate architect was Auguste Bluysen.
The Paramount Theatre had an original seating capacity of 1,920 in orchestra, mezzanine and balcony levels. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer 2Manual 10Ranks theatre organ which was opened by British organist Reginald Foorte. The stage was 12 meters wide and 8 meters deep. The orchestra pit could accommodate 35 musicians and was on a lift which could raise it to stage level. The cinema was split into seven screens during the 1970’s and at that time the Wurlitzer organ was removed, said to have been scrapped. The largest (Screen 3) holds 800, other screens have capacity’s ranging from 400 down to 125, 90 and 60 seats.
In 2007, the cinema underwent a renovation and was taken over by Gaumont Pathe and was renamed Gaumont Opera-Paramount Opera. Renovation of the 7-screens was completed in July 2008 and it became the Gaumont Opera Capucines.
By October 2009, it had been renamed Gaumont Opera and the seating capacity was 2,187. By 2018 it had been re-named Gaumont Opera - Cote Capucines with a reduced seating capacity of 2,094. It was closed on 16th October 2019 for a renovation to be carried to the plans of architect Renzo Plano, which has gutted the interior and will provide a gastro restaurant and bar on the top floor of the building.
It is planned to re-open in May 2024 as the Pathe Palace with 7-screens and a total seating capacity of 882.
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