Theatre & Film
Galerie de Nesle
8, rue de Nesle, in the 6th Arrondissement. 01 46 34 61 04.
Sometimes features productions in English. Call for information.
Interesting Movie Theatres
20, rue Cujas, in the 5th. 01 46 33 86 86.
Once managed by François Truffaut, this is a showcase for vintage art films from Italy and the work of grands auteurs from everywhere.
Action Écoles 23, rue des Écoles, in the 5th. 01 43 25 72 07.
Action Christine 4, rue Christine, in the 6th. 01 43 25 85 78.
Grand Action 5, rue des Écoles, in the 5th. 01 43 54 47 62.
The Action theatres are famous for sharp new prints of classics both beloved and rare. Plus, they show independent films you won’t see in the US or UK.
76, rue de Rennes, in the 6th. 01 45 44 28 80.
Once owned by the director Jacques Tati, of M. Hulot fame, l’Arlequin was later bought by the Soviet Union, which dubbed it the Cosmos. Shows independent and first-run art films.
51, rue des Écoles, in the 5th. 01 43 54 51 60.
At this certified historic monument—with two screens in operation for more than 70 years—retrospectives range from Alain Resnais to Monty Python.
5, ave Mac-Mahon, in the 17th. 01 43 80 24 81.
A 1930s cinema that made its reputation as an art house with all-American programming. Now the selection is more varied but still “classic.”
51, rue de Bercy, near the Place de la Bastille, in the 12th. 01 71 19 33 33.
This Frank Gehry–designed movie house combines a movie theatre, movie museum and research library. It’s a must-see for any fan of European independent films.
7–9, rue Francis de Pressense, in the 14th. 01 45 40 07 50.
This art-film center (literally, “the warehouse”) was created in 1975 by broadcaster, filmmaker and writer Frédéric Mitterrand (later minister of culture and communication). Programming is eclectic, with plenty of room for documentaries, films of interest to the gay community and films from outside the first world. Also hosts events such as debates, concerts, wine tastings, etc.
La Filmothèque du Quartier Latin
9, rue Champollion, in the 5th. 01 43 26 84 65.
A cinema not to miss, with its Salle Rouge and Salle Bleue. Screens rare independent films and classics, holds memorable festivals.
Le Grand Rex
1, blvd Poissonière, in the 2nd. 08 92 68 05 96.
Not an art house but a truly historic cinema landmark in art deco style. The fantastic “Spanish” interiors, created by great American picture-palace designer John Eberson, alone make it worth seeing—try the crazy 50-minute tour, Les Etoiles du Rex. Its Salon Prestige has the largest screen in Europe. As “the Rex,” it also serves as the capital’s most important nighttime venue for DJ club music, especially techno.
57 bis, rue de Babylone, in the 7th.
This unique Parisian structure is an imitation of a Japanese pagoda built in 1896 as a gift from then–Bon Marché director François-Emile Morin to his wife (sadly, they divorced not long after its completion). Its “oriental” decor, salon du thé and romantic garden make it a must-see. A movie theatre since 1931, this historic monument has two screens; try to sit in the gorgeous Salle Japonaise.
10, rue Tholozé, in the 18th. 01 46 06 36 07.
Seen in the film Amélie, this house was named for the year in which it was founded. It premiered Luis Buñuel’s l’Age d’Or, after which angry conservatives destroyed its murals (by Salvador Dalí). Now it mixes classics and reruns.
Studio des Ursulines
10, rue des Ursulines, in the 5th.
01 56 81 15 20.
Hosted the world premiere of Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel; shows older and more recent classics, as well as children’s fare and short films.
42, rue Galande, in the 5th.
This left-bank movie house has been showing the American cult film Rocky Horror Picture Show every Friday and Saturday night since 1980. Even if you’ve seen the film, it’s a fun way to combine American and French culture.