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Cinéma en plein air à la Villette
Photograph; Cinéma en Plein Air à la Villette

Six great spots to watch a film in Paris this summer

Because your local cinema deserves a rest

By Megan Carnegie Brown

In partnership with and Paris je t'aime.

Picnics! Sun! Joie de vivre! Everyone is more open to off-the-beaten-track experiences when clear skies are (almost) guaranteed and nothing screams summer like watching films outside. There's all the usual open air summer cinema offerings but how about breaking the mould this year? Check out our picks of the top six places to watch a movie, from a magnificent countryside garden to a classic Parisian courtyard. Grab your blankets, popcorn and rosé  Netflix has never looked so dull.  

Le Dernier Metro

Chill in courtyards of the 11th with the Festival La Chaise et L'Ecran

Where? The Mairie's courtyard in the 11th and Jardin de la Folie Titon 

When? 21 July (9.45pm), 4 August (9.30pm) and 18 August (9pm)

How much? Free

What can I watch? Three French cinematic gems: 'Peur sur la Ville', 'L'enfance nue' and Truffaut's 'Le dernier metro'. These films will be shown in their original version, subtitled in English.


Popular classics around the department of Yvelines

Where? In various locations around the Yvelines department, including the Trianon Palace of Versailles

When? Friday 18 July-Saturday 2 September

How much? €9 or €7.50 for students (tickets on the door)

What can I watch? Choose from 25 different family favourites including 'Forrest Gump,' 'Spectre,' 'Avatar' and 'Pirates of the Caribbean 4'. English language films will be played in their original versions. Check the programme here for more details. 


Nuclear war films at a cosy Montmartre bar

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars 18e arrondissement

Where? Le Festin Nu, a kitsch dive bar in the 18th

When? Every Sunday from 7pm

How much? Free

What can I watch? Expect a nuclear peril themed night on 23 July with 'Dr. Strangelove' and 'Twilight's Last Gleaming,' and Fellini's 'La Dolce Vita' the last Sunday of July. These films are subtilted in French.

Studio 28
Jessica Orchard

A feel-good summer movie at Cinéma Studio 28

Cinemas Abbesses

Where? Studio 28, the city's oldest and most iconic cinema room

When? 21 July, cocktails from 8pm, film screening at 9pm

How much? €9 or €7.50 for students (tickets on the door)

What can I watch? Cedric Klapisch's new film 'Ce qui nous lie' (Back to Burgundy) with French subtitles, the last of the Lost in Frenchlation screenings. The highly-anticipated film follows three siblings reconnecting at their family vineyard. With endlessly stunning scenery (and lots of on-screen imbibing), it's the perfect feel-good summer movie.


Blockbusters in the grounds of a spectacular chateau


Where? In the leafy grounds of the picturesque Domaine de Chamarande, an hour from Paris by RER

When? Saturdays evenings at 9.30pm between 29 July and 26 August . Grab a picnic from the food trucks (led by Mijote and Sucrine chefs) from 7pm.

How much? Free

What can I watch? A range of English-language films such as 'Le Petit Prince,' 'Hail, Cesar!' and 'The Martian'. Check the here for more details.   

Multi-genre films at MOB Hotel

Hotels Paris et sa banlieue

Where? In the expansive deckchair-laden courtyard of the trendy new MOB hotel, just the other side of the périphérique near the Saint-Ouen flea markets. 

When? Saturdays evenings at 9.45pm between 29 July and 30 September. Feast on one of their delicious stone-baked pizzas while you watch. 

How much? Free, headset included.

What can I watch? A rich range of classic French and English films spanning several genres; including '12 Angry Men',  Hitchcock's 'The 39 Steps' and 'Zouzou'. English language films are shown in their original version, however French films won't be subtitled in English. 


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