Arthouse Cinemas in Saint-Michel
Where to see the best cinema retrospectives and offbeat movies
Karl Blackwell / Time Out
In the maze of streets that make up the Latin Quarter, you’ll eventually stumble across at least one of the three Action cinemas: the Christine, the Grand Action and the Desperado (formerly Action Ecoles), which was taken over in 2011 by the filmmaker Jean-Pierre Mocky. Principally, the cinemas act as cine-clubs, with a mission to re-issue classic films as new prints – heaven for anyone
- rue des Ecoles, 5e, 75005
- Price band: 2/4
The two-screen Champo has been in operation for nearly seven decades, a venerable past recognised in 2000 when it was given historic monument status. In the 1960s, it was a favourite haunt of nouvelle vague directors such as Claude Chabrol. Novel programming includes the occasional Nuits du Champo, a trio of films beginning at midnight and ending with breakfast (€15).
- 51 rue des Ecoles, 5e
Before becoming a cinema, Le Reflet Médicis was a quality theatre, where giants like Gérard Phillippe and Maria Casarès made their débuts. But despite its promising billings, the Théâtre des Noctambules, as was, became the Reflet in 1964, with three screens on a narrow dark street ideal for watching classic cinema. Apart from world cinema screenings in the original languages, the Reflet
- 3/7, rue Champollion, 75005
- Price band: 1/4
To celebrate its centenary in 2007, the city's oldest surviving movie house opened a tearoom with interior design by Catherine Deneuve. The CinÈma du PanthÈon continues to screen new, often obscure international films and hosts meet-the-director nights and discussions.
- 13 rue Victor Cousin, 5e
- Rated as: 4/5
This grand old institution at the bottom of the Boulevard Saint-Michel bears the distinction of being the only cinema in Paris to have suffered an arson attack (at the hands of an extremist Catholic group who took issue with a screening of Scorsese’s 'The Last Temptation of Christ'). You’d never guess it today. Refurbished and restored to its former glory, the century-old cinema is once again
- 7 place Saint-Michel, 5e