Le Grand Rex
Original Debut: When the king of theaters broke ground in 1931, with a whopping 3,300 seats and a John Eberson–designed interior, patrons were dazzled by its potted palm trees, faux Venetian monuments, and a ceiling that shimmered with tiny starlike lights. On its opening night, it seemed everyone in Paris was seated inside—even on-duty nurses and policemen.
Now Showing: Le Grand Rex still shows the latest flicks and film premieres, and some fairly big concerts have been staged here (‘80s icons Morrissey and Grace Jones are both scheduled to perform this coming fall), but you can also catch festivals throughout the year. Every April, the Jules Verne Festival for adventure films makes a stopover here; and in late December there’s the Féerie des Eaux, or “water show,” during which 1,200 jets of water are shot from onstage fountains to celebrate the latest family-friendly film premiere (in 2008, it was Madagascar 2).