Paris is the perfect city to watch classic movies. Not only is it a cinematic destination on its own, but it's even starred in its own fair share of iconic films. Particularly ones that Hollywood made. Of course, seeing as Paris is the French capital, it's pretty difficult to watch these classic movies in English unless you're streaming them online. And that's all well and good but there's no replacing watching these incredible films in the theater too! So what do cinephiles who can't understand French do in Paris? Go watch classic Hollywood movies in these notable theaters.
Proudly standing on Rue des Écoles in the Paris's Latin Quarter
, Le Champo is probably the most popular cinema of its kind. In fact, it even made an appearance on the second season
of the hit Netflix show, 'Emily in Paris.' Le Champ is a huge favorite among film buffs in the French capital, especially those who love watching old black and white movies and cult classics. Though it largely focuses on retro French films, you can still expect a few Hollywood movies to show up here. At times, they even present international cinema too, presenting award-winning films from other European countries, Latin America, Asia, and more.
La Filmothèque du Quartier Latin
Another Latin Quarter haunt for Parisian cinephiles is La Filmothèque du Quartier Latin, located on Rue Champollion. Though smaller than most cinemas in the city, the vintage vibe here is unlike any other. From the rouge color scheme and intimate theaters, it's as if you traveled back in time in the early 20th century. Of course, it helps that La Filmothèque du Quartier Latin regularly screens movies from that time as well. They're particularly well-known for often showing Billy Wilder films, the famed director who worked with the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn
, and Marlene Dietrich, almond many others.
When you head on over to Boulevard de Magenta near the 9th
and 10th arrondissement of Paris
, an Egyptian-styled cinema will grab your attention in an instant. It has an Art Decor kind of grandeur to it that reeks of Hollywood glamour, as if it once hosted the movie premieres in the 1930s and 1940s. And the equally extravagant theater inside—complete with a blacony—certainly backs up this image. The place is actually Le Louxor, a movie theater that shows both classic films and modern features. It's one of, if not the most elegant cinema in all of Paris.
There's no neighborhood in Paris
that suits Studio 28 better than Montmartre
. As the bohemian hub of the city, the movie theater captures the playful, rebellious, and slightly naughty spirit of the district, especially with how it's seemingly designed to look more like a Paris cabaret
than a standard cinema. But instead of scantily-clad dancers and provocative burlesque performers, what you'll watch here are current and classic movies, both in French and English. You can expect to see a lot of Jean Cocteau films particularly, since not only was he a famed French director, but he also designed the chandeliers that hang in the theater.
Located on the famous Boulevard Saint-Germain
, nestled between the luxury homes
and high-class stores, UGC Odéon is another movie theater in Paris where the classic and the current clash. They regularly screen the latest movie releases here, but they reserve some nights devoted to old Hollywood, French, and International films. Most of the time, the vintage movies they show are dedicated to specific actors, directors, producers, genres, and the like. You need to stay updated with the theater's official app to know which movies are showing at the moment.
Want to watch classic Hollywood movies in Paris? Check out these cool cinemas where they show amazing flicks in English! If you're a bonafide cinephile living in the French capital, these are the places where you ought to be!