“A LONDONER IN PARIS”: LOUXOR CINEMA



 

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A-Gent of Style was delighted to hear lately that Le Louxor, the flamboyant Egyptian Revival Art Deco landmark cinema, has now reopened its doors after a 25-year hiatus with a selection of art house and foreign films to be shown in one main room and two smaller ones. The refurbished building can also boast a restaurant, a bar and a terrace overlooking Le Sacré Coeur.


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Opened in 1921 in the sketchy Barbès area, in the north of Paris, Le Louxor was once one of the jewels of Egyptian-inspired Art Deco replete with pillars, papyrus motifs and pharaohs’ heads and wowed its audience with silent movies and live orchestras. A decade later, the talkies took over and after WWII, the cinema fell on hard times. It screened its last film in 1983 at a time when it had lost its lustre and stood empty looking like a crumbling eye sore from 1987 after being used as a gay club.


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Thanks to the hard work of a citizen’s group to regenerate Le Louxor in 2001, renovations started in 2010 (after many quarrels with the Paris authorities) and reopened on April, 18 2013. The main 1,000-seater screening room is now a richly decorated triumph of gold-tinted walls, painted hieroglyphs, floral motifs and friezes, and an amazing art-deco skylight.

Here is the resurrected spendour of an abandoned Parisian cinema.

Cinema AND Art Deco. Stupendous.


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A-Gent of Style saw Michel Gondry’s quirky and phantasmagorical L’Ecume des Jours with Audrey Tatou and Romain Duris. A visual feast!


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Now that the Tangerine Dream Café is open and the gardens supposedly in bloom – despite the abysmal spring we are being subjected too – here is another fantastic reason to visit the delightful Chelsea Physic Garden.




The Gin Garden will open a ‘living botanical bar’ at Chelsea Physic Garden on two evenings during the Chelsea Fringe Festival.



Starting tomorrow from 4pm until 8pm until 7 June, the bar will be selling signature drinks developed by ‘The Herball’ containing herbs, summer fruits, flowers, local honey and of course, gin.

 



During the evenings, visitors will be invited to: enjoy the tranquil calm of the Garden as they watch the sun go down and sip drinks specially created for them; learn more about the health giving properties of plants and superfoods as they walk around this walled oasis; leave with mini-packets of herb seeds and recipes for health promoting drinks they can recreate at home.

 



A ‘living wall’ of herbs will surround the bar and be used to create health-promoting drinks. A herbalist will be on hand to explain how to introduce these amazing ingredients into our daily diets.



The Gin Garden’s ‘Living Botanical Bar’ promotes the garden as nature’s medicine cabinet and explores the idea that our bodies benefit from gardening to maintain optimum health.




Will yours be a “Tale of Two Chamomiles”, a “Galium & Elder”, a “Fleur de Prunelle” or a “Nettle & Dandelion Gimlet”?




Medicinal and healing! Make A-Gent of Style a double then please. Cheers!




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Happy bank holiday everyone!

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