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From serving Cinema History to serving Tourists

The building standing on No. 14 Boulevard des Capucines is one of the most unknown historic places in Paris.
Nowadays it is the Hotel Scribe, but long time ago, it was a thriving meeting place: the 'Grand Café', birthplace of cinema history. On December 28th 1895, in the 'Salon Indien', the brothers Lumière hosted the very first public movie screening. The first movie shown was 'Workers Leaving The Lumière Factory' ('La Sortie des usines Lumière')produced by Louis Lumière. It is often referred to as the first real motion picture ever made:

The fate of the 'Grand Café' was unfortunately to be replaced by the Hotel Scribe, and the ties this place had to the Hisotry of Cinema were almost forgotten. Passers by would never guess what event took place here, if it weren't for the fact that the hotel now opened its new restaurant, called 'Café Lumière', in memory of its history.

The ad campaign for the Lumière projections

The projection room, 'Salon Indien'

The 'Café Lumière', a quite standardized hotel restaurant. Unfortunately the designers didn't manage to fully focus on the history of the place. A photo of the Lumière brothers hanging above the fake fireplace and some B&W pictures scattered through the rooms are somewhat cheaply done...

Nevertheless, if you pass this corner near Opera Garnier, oh Parisian traveler, remember 'ye olde tymes', and think about how far the movie industry has come since those early days!

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