Close to Place de la Concorde and the department stores, the hotel is the favorite meeting place of the fashion world
At the dawn of the 20th century, Hotel Scribe was a centre of modernity, which made a brilliant entrance in 1895 with the first public presentation of the Lumière brothers' revolutionary invention, the Cinematograph. The 5th floor commemorates the birth of cinema. A few months later, the Scribe welcomed Wilhelm Röntgen who presented his discovery, X-rays. No doubt these inventions influenced Jules Verne, who frequented the Grand Café at the hotel. The 6th floor is dedicated to him, the visionary author who pioneered the science fiction genre.
It was in the Salon Indien of the Scribe's Grand Café that, on 28 December 1895, the first Cinematograph screening took place. News spread quickly and the number of shows, each lasting about 20 minutes, multiplied. Soon, the Salon Indien saw 2,500 spectators filing in every day. This early success never died, and the cinema was born.
On the ground floor, the Grand Café quickly became the place where everyone who was anyone would meet. Jules Verne, the neighbourhood author, liked it all the more because it faced the Crystal Palace, the amazing studio of his friend Nadar. Nadar was a photographic genius, the discoverer of the Impressionists and the inventor of aerial photography; his balloon adventure inspired Verne's Five Weeks in a Balloon. One of the heroes of From the Earth to the Moon (1865) and Around the Moon (1969) is named Michel Ardan, an anagram of Nadar.
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