Keeping it in the family

Did you know that the first cinema performance in the Pyrénées-Orientales was the screening of the Folies Bergères in the narrow streets of the promenade des platanes in Perpignan, in 1896? It caught on, and in 1911, the first indoor cinema in Perpignan, the Appolo- Cinéma Théâtre, later to become the Castillet, was opened by Joan Font.

Passed from father to son to grandson, the cinema is still owned by the Font family, who also own the Castillet cinema complex on the outskirts of Perpignan.

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