I would call it a hidden treasure if it weren't in plain sight - though if not unnoticed, it definitely exists with some confusion to passers by. The La Pagode theater sits right on a corner along Rue de Babylone in the 7eme, with a high wall that surrounds it and trees and vines that pour out the top. Its Japanese steeple poking out from above often lead people to walk by, stare, and keep walking, but I'm here to let you know what's up with the space so you don't do that on your next jaunt through the seventh.
The building was conceived a century ago by the manager of Le Bon Marché as a dance hall for himself and his wife. After a divorce, the location was turned into an event space and eventually a cinema, which it remains as today. It's a good thing that they didn't get all War of the Roses on us, because the theater is leagues above the rest as the best place to see a movie in Paris. And if not - it's still a worthwhile visit for its public garden, which is where I went to relax in the shade one afternoon. Check it out.
57, rue de Babylone Paris 74007