Cinemas of Paris


Cover picEdited by Dina Iordanova and Jean-Michel Frodon

Paris, more than any other city on earth, offers a feast for cinema-goers. Cinema’s place among the arts is special and far superior to that found anywhere else. The sheer number and variety of theatres dedicated to the diversity of the cinematic art and its pleasures, ensure an enduring festive spirit. Cineastes and cinéphiles from the world over gather in Paris to indulge their appetites for film.

Global cinema lives in the city’s screening rooms. This book delights in revealing some of the fascinating details of this life, for to celebrate the film theatres of Paris is to celebrate film culture itself.

Conceived by film scholar Dina Iordanova and film critic and author Jean-Michel Frodon, known here, respectively, as ‘the privileged outsider’ and ‘the cognisant insider’, Cinemas of Paris is a compendium of writings by specialists in both film and the city. Lavishly illustrated tales are told of the unique places where film is screened, chiefly the independent theatres with their often idiosyncratic backgrounds (and occasionally a few ghosts), but also about the city’s unique cultural institutions and its ubiquitous multiplexes. And there are stories, too, of the men and the women who have made these places strongholds of cinematic discovery and delight, and who continue to keep cinema alive.

Dina Iordanova, Jean-Michel Frodon, Sue Harris, William Brown, Daniel Fairfax, Michael Gott, Frances Guerin, Renaud Olivero, Ana Grgic, Flora Lichaa, and Yoana Pavlova, as well as by a number of world-renowned directors such as Amos Gitai, Gaston Kabore, Naomi Kawase, Jia Zhangke, Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach, Cristian Mungiu, Walter Salles, Gus Van Sant, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Introduction – Dina Iordanova and Jean-Michel Frodon

Part 1: Paris: Hub for Global Cinema

At the Cinema in Paris: The Privileged Outsider – Dina Iordanova
At the Cinema in Paris: The Cognisant Insider – Jean-Michel Frodon
At the Cinema in Paris: Beyond the Endless Film Festival – Dina Iordanova and Jean-Michel Frodon: A Dialogue

Part 2: The Context 

Mission Cinéma – Flora Lichaa


Pariscope and L’Officiel des spectacles – Daniel Fairfax
AlloCiné – Frances Guerin
The Cards – Frances Guerin


Film Festivals in Paris – Yoana Pavlova
Outdoor Cinema/Open Air Cinema at La Villette – Ana Grgic

Public institutions

Cinémathèque Française – Daniel Fairfax
Forum des Images – Daniel Fairfax
Centre Georges-Pompidou – Daniel Fairfax
Cultural Centres and Museums – Flora Lichaa

Majors, Minimajors, and Others

Gaumont – Yoana Pavlova
UGC cinémas – Flora Lichaa
MK2 – Yoana Pavlova
Pathé – Michael Gott
Les cinémas Action – Ana Grgic
Odéon Cinemas – Flora Lichaa
Cinemas of the periphery – Flora Lichaa

(Interpolated contributions throughout Part Two kindly provided by Amos Gitai, Jia Zhangke, Gaston Kabore, Naomi Kawase, Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach, Cristian Mungiu, Walter Salles, Gus Van Sant and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.)

 Part 3: The Theatres 

Le Luminor Hôtel de Ville – Sue Harris
Accatone – Ana Grgic
Le Champo – Espace Jacques Tati – Renaud Olivero
La Filmothèque du Quartier Latin – Daniel Fairfax
Reflet Médicis – Yoana Pavlova
Le Desperado – Renaud Olivero
La Clef – Jean-Michel Frodon
L’Épée de Bois – William Brown
L’Espace Saint-Michel – William Brown
Le Cinéma du Panthéon – Sue Harris
Studio Galande – William Brown
Studio des Ursulines – Renaud Olivero
L’Arlequin – Sue Harris
Le Lucernaire – Michael Gott
Le Nouvel Odéon – Ana Grgic
Le Saint Germain-des-Prés – Ana Grgic
Les 3 Luxembourg – Ana Grgic
Le Saint-André-des-Arts – Ana Grgic
La Pagode – Sue Harris
Le Balzac – Sue Harris
Le Grand Rex – Renaud Olivero
Le Max Linder Panorama – Sue Harris
Cinemas of the Boulevard de Strasbourg (Le Brady / L’Archipel) – Daniel Fairfax
Le Louxor – Renaud Olivero
L’Escurial – Michael Gott
Le Grand Écran Italie – Sue Harris
Les 7 Parnassiens – William Brown
L’Entrepôt – Ana Grgic
Cinéma Chaplin Denfert – William Brown
Le Cinéma des Cinéastes – Ana Grgic
Le Mac Mahon – Daniel Fairfax
Studio 28 – Renaud Olivero
L’Étoile Lilas – Sue Harris

 Selected Bibliography 

Title: Cinemas of Paris
Editors: Dina Iordanova and Jean-Michel Frodon
ISBN: 9781908437167 (paperback) 9781908437174 (hardback)
Price: £24.99 (paperback) £59.99 (hardback)
Publisher: St Andrews Film Studies
Year: 2016