Well movies is big in France, one of the biggest attendance in movies is from the French. Here we have them in VF (version française) or VO(version originale) the first one is in French and the later one is original language version.
The latest unique thing about Paris is that LE LOUXOR at Barbés will be open again,closed since 1987! It is a cinema opened in 1921 , closed in 1983 and then purchase by the city of Paris in 1987,renovations and voilà it will open on April 18. 170, bd Magenta, Paris 10éme http://www.cinemalouxor.fr/
It is located in the corner of the Boulevard La Chapelle and blvd Magenta, it is an example of the architecture of the 1920's and takes its name from the front neo Egyptian facade.
It was the architect Henri-André Zipcy that design the building in the early 20's. It was replacing a haussmannien building that house the department store "Sacré Coeur Nouveautés", and he though of making a cinema there. It is the only work of the architect 'Henri-André Zipcy anywhere!
It open as a cinema in October 6 1921 now covering the blvd La Chapelle and blvd Barbés, it was a huge building cinema of 1195 seats. Its style is Egyptian with an timely air and many mosaics tiles. The cinema company Pathé (SGCP) became the owner in 1930 as the Louxor-Pathé. Because it could not open a store there the then owner Tati in 1985 gives the management of the building to a discothèques ; the Le Louxor becomes the Dérobade and later the gay discothèque le Megatown.
In 1987, the discothèque closes and the Louxor takes a period of a long sleep until 2003, when the city of Paris purchase the building. The renovations began in 2010, and now it is open again as a cinema Le Louxor! Classic Paris history This is a webpage of the friends of the Louxor,and also has a ton of cinema information in French ,but you can translate online;: http://www.lesamisdulouxor.fr/category/cinema/
Some of my other favorites are the UGC chain all over, but also, these Parisiens marvels
,like the la Pagode (57, rue de Babylone) and his wonderful garden, http://www.etoile-cinemas.com/pagode/;
and the Cinéma du Panthéon, (13, rue Victor-Cousin) ,and its spirited ciné club, http://cinema.pantheon.free.fr/,
the Grand Rex (1, bd Poissonnière) , and is gigantic sound system, http://www.legrandrex.com/ ,
and the Studio 28 (10, rue Tholozé),http://www.cinemastudio28.com/
And if you need to buy movie memobilia you need to go here and take a souvenir for real, Defrise, 23, rue Basfroi http://www.defrise.fr/
Dress Code: casual most of the time unless you go to a very late show, then you might move up a bit
Having gotten a taste of movies theatres the prior trip to Paris, I decided to try my hand at it again, this time in a theatre just across from my hotel (Port-Royal Hotel), Cinéma Escurial. The film was Once, a charmer set in Dublin starring Glen Hansard as Guy and Marketa Irglova as Girl. He's a guitarist playing on the street for money, she's a pianist who helps him to garner a recording contract. Love, music, and hilarity ensues! Watch it!!
Again, the theatre experience was wonderful! The moments the lights went down, so did the lull in the crowd. Perfectly quiet bliss.
Prices for autumn 2007: 8.50€
Photo: November 2007
Dress Code: Casual
Embarking again on David Sedaris' advice I chose to watch another film although at a different theater, Cinema le Saint Germain des Pres which sits just off Place Saint-Germain-des-Pres.
Didn't have quite as much luck this time as there was a guy sitting behind me who whispered a few minutes into the movie, but his obviously French girlfried shushed him and he became quiet.
This time the 1985 film, Alamo Bay, was from Louis Malle (famous French director married to Candice Bergen) set in entirely American locale, Texas! The film stars a very young Ed Harris as the evil boyfriend of a very young Amy Madigan (don't worry, he gets his comeuppance in the end - go see the film).
Photos: November 2007 & February 2006
Dress Code: Casual
Let me tell you about the nice, friendly, helpful, global staff at Le Village Youth Hostel. People from Brazil & different places worked there with one of the guys being a HUGE cinéphile like me. One night I'd sat at one of the tables reading the Me Talk Pretty One Day by American humorist David Sedaris and I was laughing out loud. He asked me what it was about which turned into a long discussion about movies & the theatres in Paris. He was then kind enough to help me find a movie for Friday night. It was decided I'd see an old Marilyn Monroe classic, a flick I'd never seen, Niagara.
So I took David Sedaris' advice (I'd met him the previous night at a book signing at The Village Voice where he'd signed my book) and saw a film that Friday night. Indeed, he's right. There were tons of talking in the theatre but the *moment* the title flashed across the screen all was still with quiet, utter silent bliss. At the theater I attended, Action Ecoles, the seats were comfy with tall backs in red plush velvet. No small wonder that they don't serve refreshments here, at least I didn't see any. I've always told people that I have some sort of magnet that attracts the loudest people in the theatres to sit RIGHTBEHINDME. But here in Paris about the only sound you'll hear will be polite laughter during the funny parts. This alone makes me want to live in Paris!
Here's the website that the gentleman at Le Village used to help me find a movie. It notes all the movies that are showing in Paris, an invaluable service:
Photos: February 2006
Dress Code: Casual
If you are interested in seeing a movie in Paris, but don't know much French, here's a tip...There's a little entertainment guide called Pariscope that comes out every Wednesday. You can pick it up at any news stand and costs .40 Euros.
In the movie listings, look for the letters "v.o." This stands for "version original" and means that the film is shown in the language of the originating country with French subtitles.
Also, many movie theaters in Paris don't have snack concessions. It is perfectly acceptable to take drinks and snacks in with you.
Paris is the capitol of the European Cinema.
You can go to the cinema in the late evening or even at night. Ask in advance whether the movie is with English inscriptions+French dubbing or with French inscriptions+ original understable for you soundtrack.
The movies are shown a few months later then in the USA.
I cry loudly: WHY do they do that? is it legal? what about European rights hehe? are we worse? OK, maybe once first in Europe once in the USA? He?
Dress Code: You may try to customize your dress to the movie - look at the picture haha.
The cinema's in Paris are numerous especially at the Champ-Elysees. We had to stop counting.
Don't be afraid that your favourite actors suddenly speak French. Most cinema's show films with French subtiteling.