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Floating cinema in Paris
Photograph: MK2

In pictures: Paris’s incredible one-night-only floating cinema

To celebrate the return of the Paris Plages urban beach project, the city transformed the Villette canal basin into an open-air cinema

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What stupidly good weather! Last Saturday marked the return of Paris Plages, the annual urban beach initiative that takes over the banks of the Seine and the Bassin de la Villette. To celebrate, the French capital welcomed 150 locals to its first-ever floating movie night. And to the delight of the ballot-winning attendees, the sun very much lingered.

Thirty-eight small electric boats, usually seen zipping up and down Paris’s nearby Canal de l’Ourcq during peak tourist season, were put to innovative use as seating for the one-off event (a screening of Gilles Lellouche’s 2018 comedy ‘Le Grand Bain’). Here are some incredibly envy-inducing photos from the night.

Floating cinema in ParisPhotograph: MK2

Floating cinema in ParisPhotograph: MK2

Floating cinema in ParisPhotograph: MK2

Floating cinema in ParisPhotograph: MK2

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