New Feathers for Path

Beneath a gleaming chrome and glass marquee, celebrities swarmed one night this week to the opening of Manhattan's new $300,000 French movie theater, the Paris. They had paid $12.50 a head to look at one another and a movie (La Symphonic Pastorale), test the comfort of the 571 natural-birch seats, and sip coffee and bouillon in the lounge.

They liked the theater's proportions. But what the Paris' owners, the French Pathé movie syndicate*, liked about the theater was its dollars, which should fatten Pathé's lean coffers. For Pathé, whose crowing cock once...

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