King Kong moves through the Big Apple with his footsteps echoing on the asphalt. People screaming in horror in his wake and at the top of the Empire State, the actress Ann Darrow whispers: "One would go to a zoo to see that huge monkey and they they brought that from a prehistoric island ...". And the famous gorilla falls off the building and dies of laughter, impressed with the joke.
We know the movie doesn't end like that but in the Grand Rex in Paris lets you invent whatever ending you like! The largest cinema in Europe organizes 50 minute tours backstage to show you how a recording studio actually is or how to project a film in the magical black room reminiscing about past Super Cinexin. You can be the ventriloquist of any actor, play with special effects and you can even walk behind the screen while the Titanic sinks.
Get yourself to Poissonière Boulevard, legendary modernist lounge, near Les Halles and the Pompidou. It is a living reflection of the excesses of the Crazy '20s when it entered the Art Deco era and a special interest in cinema palaces flooded the main European cities with neon images with a likeness to Radio Music Hall.
The Rex was born of the fevered mind of Jacques Haik, a wealthy film producer who fantasized about an extravagant closed cinema where more than 5,000 people could watch a film under an open sky. The architects Auguste Bluysen and the prolific John Eberson gave birth to this creature with its impressive starry vault in the Grande Salle, although with half capacity (2,650). A spectacular work with the facade and interior decoration considered to be a National Heritage.
Opened in 1932 and in addition to film sessions, it is also a theater that hosts concerts, comedy acts, and conventions. Since 1952 every year at Christmas they have water games and rides, a water festival with 8,000 jets inside the cinema, 1,200 sprinklers and multicolored spotlights.
But if you are someone who thinks that 'life is all about cinema' and 'calls for more film please', get in behind the scenes and discover the places known only to professionals in the film industry. From the artists door, up the stairs, you get to the top floor dedicated to the history of cinema Rex and their pictures ... Did you know that during the occupation the cinema served as Nazi propaganda for soldiers passing through and they even had an illuminated clock that showed the time so the recruits would not miss the train, or that it served as shelter for repatriated prisoners of war?
The tour continues in the transparent panoramic lift, hidden behind the huge screen of 300 square meters, within which you will see the scenes from a new angle and moving as if when the film is projected. In the projection booth, one of the most secret and mysterious places in the cinema, you will see the old projectors and the cinemas uncensored movies.
Gossip in between the photos and awards in the Director's office and hear suggestive conversations between Marilyn Monroe and George Clooney in the tunnel of the stars. Enter the room and enjoy the special effects, and test your eyes ... and your ears. A curious way to tune the ear. The 'voice' of King Kong was a mixture of a lions roar and a tigers; an invention of RKO Pictures as they couldn't record a real gorilla.
Speaking of the beast, on the film set you face a King Kong that threatens the Grand Rex, and in the recording studio, in front of a microphone, you can have your own free interpretation of cult film scripts.
Fade to black and the 50 minute tour is over. You ask yourself about the Rex escalators, famous for being the first to be installed in a cinema and be sponsored by Gary Cooper. Inevitably, you imagine the Hollywood pretty boy smoking a cigarette in those four walls and posing before the media and ponder whether it will be as close as you're ever get a cinema legend.Read complete article....