La Pagode is considered by locals as an architectural extravaganza of Paris. One doesn’t expect to find an exotic building in an area where the Haussmanian facade is the norm. Nestled in a quiet street, this dance-hall turned movie theater is an antique Japanese pagoda built in 1896 as a gift from Monsieur Morin, owner of Le Bon Marché department store to his wife. It was then saved from demolition in the 1970s.
With two well-decorated movie theaters, the spectator can easily get distracted by the paintings, gilts, tapestries, stained-glass windows and chandeliers, especially in the exuberant “Japanese room”. La Pagode is also one the few temples of independent cinema in Paris featuring films in original version from directors such as Kusturica, Manoel de Oliveira or Ken Loach. It is highly recommended to come earlier for a tea in the tiny oriental garden.