Live: Cinéma Cyrano, Versailles

9.00pm, Wednesday 15 January 1964 (50 years ago)

Ahead of their 18-day season at the Paris Olympia, The Beatles played a warm-up show at the Cinéma Cyrano, 7 Rue Rameau, in Versailles.

In the early afternoon The Beatles walked down the Champs-Élysées with members of the British press. A number of sightseers spotted them, and the group soon retreated back to the George V hotel.

Ringo Starr caught the 5pm flight from London Airport, where he had been persuaded by staff from British European Airlines to pose for a photograph, holding up a ‘TLES’ sign next to their BEA logo.

All nine acts due to appear at the Olympia performed at the evening’s concert at the Cyrano, in front of an audience of 2,000. Along with The Beatles, the other main acts were French chanteuse Sylvie Vartan and American singer Trini Lopez.

The entertainment began at 9pm and finished after midnight. The Beatles’ fans were predominantly male, and there was noticeably less screaming than the group were used to – allowing them to hear their instruments more clearly than usual.

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