The mobilization of a traditional Paris cinema district
The aim of the project “Paris-Louxor – vivre ensemble le cinéma” was to mobilize the people of the neighborhood three years before the opening of the Louxor film palace at Barbès square in Paris, which is a private cinema. The association also wanted to create a close relation between the inhabitants and their district, sensitize for the history of this “cinema district” – creation of a desire for Louxor and cinema in general –, realize cultural, artistic, patrimonial, educational and social interventions in Barbès, Paris and elsewhere. This is done via
Paris-Louxor is based on the participation and motivation of citizens and is independent from public structures.
The project takes in consideration the memory of a neighborhood which formerly had an important amount of popular cinemas – places linked with the memories of people of all ages and social backgrounds (like bistrots). Civic memory is ephemeral. In our digital time printed documents are replaced by digital documents. Popular oral history is very seldom documented, despite the fact that it is an important key for the understanding of our common history. It seems to be important to us to collect the memory and the words of inhabitants and to save them in the long run with the aim to pass this history on to future generations. Collection, conservation, transmission. Telling the neighborhood through cinema. This neighborhood is an emblematic place of popular cinema.
Rapport d'activités 2011-2013: issuu.com/parislouxor/docs/ra2010-2013
Paris-Louxor – Vivre ensemble le cinéma