Paris: Gaumont Palace

Country: France
Department, Region: Paris, Īle-de-France
City: Paris
Location: Place de Clichy / Rue Caulincourt / Rue Forest

[First entertainment venues on the site: Hippodrome du Champ de Mars (destroyed 1889) and Hippodrome de l'Alma (destroyed 1892).]

Built 1897-1899 as "Hippodrome" by Cambon, Galeron, and Duray for a British and French private society. Opened 13 May 1900 with the "equestrian pantomime", "Vercingetorix". Used for large-scale equestrian spectacles, historical reconstructions, opera and ballet performances, and various sport events. Capacity: 8000 persons (5000 seats, 3000 on the promenades). 1903-1907 used as a circus, also known as "Cirque Bostock".

1911 conversion to a cinema. Re-opened as "Gaumont Palace" (3400 seats, then the largest cinema in the world). Used as a cinema and for various variety and music hall performances.

Ca. 1930 major exterior and interior rebuilding by Henri Belloc (6000 seats). Re-opened 17 Jun 1931. Demolished 1972 in favour of an office and hotel block. The 1931 cinema organ has survived and is now located at Nogent-sur-Marne.

[Paris: Gaumont Palace] Picture: ca. 1903-1907
Front Text: "Paris, L'Hippodrome", inscriptions: "Bostock", "Hippodrome"
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.


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