For French film-lovers only: four must-visit Parisian cinemas

Julie Smadja 23/01/13

This article is in English. Click here to read it in French.

Keep warm in a Parisian movie theatre this winter. Get away from it all for a couple of hours by watching a film, either on your own, with your partner or friends, while indulging in sweets or sipping on a soda.

As part of our list of ideas for things to do during the freezing winter months, here are four cinemas offering an enjoyable Parisian experience.

A French cinema with history

Le Grand REX, which opened its doors in 1932, is a listed historic monument. This impressive building houses an amazing art deco interior and a starry vault. It also boasts one of the largest cinema screens in Europe (300 m²), where you can enjoy viewing all of the very latest releases from the best vantage point.

This unique cinema bustles with previews and movie-related events all year long much to the delight of film lovers. Right now, rediscover your childhood by enjoying Disney classics on the big screen!

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Boutique French cinemas

Avoid broken seats, where you find yourself practically sitting on the floor and instead enjoy cosy comfort. Despite being located on a bustling street, the Montparnos cinema is discreetly tucked away and not necessarily easy for passersby to chance upon.

The cinema’s large, comfortable seats and reclining backrests are ideal for a relaxing movie experience. Sit back and enjoy the latest releases or art house films in high resolution images with high quality sound.

The ultimate romantic French cinema encounter

Discover the Seventh Art in its most modern form at the MK2 Bibliothèque. Gone are the interminable queues at this cinema complex, which, despite being somewhat lacking in classic Parisian beauty, tends to pleasantly surprise cinemagoers. Upon entering any of the 16 auditoriums – which include four large screens – visitors to this movie theater will be struck by the high seats, which ensure the patrons’ viewing experience is not interrupted by other audience members.

The cinema’s most original feature is its adjustable armrests which allow lovebirds the chance to snuggle up in their seats. With something for everyone, the MK2 offers a wide range of films, also shown in 3D.

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A unique 180-degree French cinema experience

Thrill-seekers will love La Géode in Paris’s cultural district, La Villette. Watching documentaries and feature films via new technologies (IMAX, 3D etc) on the cinema’s 1,000 m2 hemispheric screen, one of the largest worldwide, will delight children and adults alike.

Unparalleled sound quality matches the intensity of the visual images. Don’t forget to buy your tickets in advance – either online, at the box office or in selected stores.

References :
1. Le Grand REX.
2. Le Montparnos.
3. MK2 Bibliothèque.
4. La Géode.
Image credits
1.La Géode, Max London via Compfight cc.
2 & 3. Julie Smadja. 

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  1. sega10028 Feb 15, 2013 at 8:45 PM - Reply

    I would also recommend La Pagode in the 7th for its pagoda-like exterior and intricate chinoiserie inside. A must-see! Here’s an idea of the interior:

  2. Sarah Harrison Feb 25, 2013 at 4:01 AM - Reply

    Yes! I visited La Pagode last week and it was great. Very traditional, but also very cold with it being such an old building. They give you blankets but I highly recommend rugging up! Can I also recommend Au Pied de Fouet just up the road for dinner; a warm, friendly restaurant with delicious traditional food. Yum.

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