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Le Grand Rex: Behind the Scenes at Europe's Largest Movie Theatre

Activity - Holidays & weekends in Paris

Le Grand Rex: Behind the Scenes at Europe's Largest Movie Theatre - Activity - Holidays & weekends in Paris

Boulevard Poissonnière - Paris

Play the leading role in your own cinematic adventure at the grand rex!  explore the behind the scenes at this legendary movie theatre in a spectacular 50-minute tour with fun activities along the way…

The Grand Rex, which has been listed as a historic monument since 1981, enjoys a great reputation in the world of film. This interactive audiovisual tour gives you the chance to see it from another perspective, and find out what happens behind the screen of the largest movie theatre in Europe.

Whether you're a film enthusiast, an occasional movie-goer or a complete novice, you're sure to discover something new about the sets and the special effects used in this fabulous art form, as well as the people who work in the industry. So get ready for a fantastic experience, in which you will become by turns a projectionist, an actor, and a spectator.

The tour itinerary is as follows:

The stage door:  enter via the stage door and take the backstage staircase to start your tour like a vip.

Introduction: stop at the ground-floor exhibition space, which is set within a copy of Rex Tower and dedicated to the history of the site. Find out about the key moments in the cinema's history and see the famous starry-sky ceiling of this atmospheric venue.

the transparent elevator: located behind the big screen, this elevator lifts visitors up through the building for a unique view of the stage and the control room.

The director's office: this is where the Rex's collection of photographs, trophies, oscars and other awards are proudly displayed. Watch a star-studded short film packed with references to great movie moments.

the projection room: usually strictly off-limits for spectators,  the projection room is a secret and mysterious place. Step into the beating heart of the movie theater to see the old projectors and find out all there is to know about film reels.

The tunnel of stars:  bask in the glory of the world's iconic movie stars such as George Clooney, Marilyn Monroe, Isabelle Adjani, Coluche, Gérard Depardieu, and many more.

The special effects room: learn how special effects are created! Step onto a set to find yourself battling against a storm onboard a ship.

The film set: slip onto a film set to play a cameo role in an adrenalin-fuelled action movie. You'll be thrown into a scene where a larger-than-life King Kong is threatening to detroy the Grand Rex!

The recording studio:  stand up to the mic and try your hand at film-dubbing before taking your place in the main theater where one last surprise will be waiting for you on the screen…


Le Grand Rex: Behind the Scenes at Europe's Largest Movie Theatre
11 €
Pricing formulas
Adult (19 years +)
Child (0–18 years)

Practical information

Participants' profileAll ages
In detail

• Availability: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and every day during the school holidays (excluding exceptional dates)
• Tours depart every 5 minutes
• Location: central Paris, 75002
• Getting there: metro Bonne Nouvelle (lines 8 and 9)
• This activity is not suitable for persons of reduced mobility
• Animals not permitted
• Minimum recommended age: 5 years
• This tour does not include access to the main theatre as a spectator

Establishment policy

RatesDiscounted rates on a sliding scale
PaymentCredit card
Included in the price
• Tour of the Rex museum
Not included in the price
• Hotel pick-up/drop-off
• Tips (optional)
• All other extras
Cancellation conditions
No charges will be levied for cancellations made more than 7 days before the date of the activity (excluding special dates). After this, the following charges will be levied: Between 7 and 4 days prior: 50% of the price After this time and in case of a no-show: 100% of the price Any reservation made for special dates cannot be cancelled, modified or refunded. - Cancellation insurance

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