17.11.2019

Cinéma Pathé in Cirque d'Hiver Paris/France


This postcard was sent in 1914. The building is still standing in Paris and used for big venues.
The Cirque d'Hiver ("Winter Circus") was designed by the architect Jacques Ignace Hittorff and was opened by Emperor Napoleon III on 11 December 1852. The circus originally had 3.900 places. The building was not only used for circuses, also musical concerts and exhibitions. Since 29 August 1907, electric light illuminates the interiors.

But I couldn't find facts about using this building as a cinema. In 1914, the cinema belongs to Pathé. The writing above the entrance is very interesting: Ex Cirque d'Hiver. That means showing movies there was not only for certain time, it should be for an indefinite length of time. The time of the circus should have been over ...
But it could be only a short time of cinema, maybe because of the beginning of the war
Since 1934, the circus is owned by the Bouglione family. Today, in addition to the Cirque d'Hiver performances, there are numerous other types of events, such as dressage events, musicals or fashion shows.
 

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