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Who doesn’t have a little nostalgia for those “drive in” days? The days where you used to sit in your car and watch movies on a huge screen under the stars… Well, in Paris, it’s still possible!

While you may not be able to just drive in like in the old days, you can do even better by setting up a picnic with friends on a large grassy lawn and enjoy a selection of recent and past films with the larger Parisian community. Every year,  Paris’s Parc de la Villette celebrates cinema by hosting “Cinéma en Plein Air” – an occasion to watch FREE screenings of movies by directors such as Martin Scorsese, Pedro Almodovar, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Gus Van Sant, and many more!

Having already gone several years in a row, I never cease to marvel at the simple pleasure of watching a movie in a lively outdoor setting. My only suggestions to first timers are the following :1) make sure someone in your party arrives on the early side to stake out a spot, and 2) bring some warm clothing to wrap up in if the temperature drops during the film.

Lounge chairs are available for rent for 7 euros each, or you can rent 5 chairs for 20 euros. Films begin showing on July 19 and run through August 21 and the actual movie starts when the sun sets!

Schedule of films can be viewed here:,livret_cinemavillette2011small.pdf

Parc de la Villette

221, Avenue Jean Jaures

75019, Paris

Metros: Porte de Pantin (5), Porte de la Villette (7)


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