Paris Picks…!

Today’s edition of our “Live Like A Local” series rounds out our look at notable Parisian theaters. Paris Center Cultural Activities Coordinator and Excursion Leader Mirek Siedliski describes his favorite places in Paris to take in a film.

Bienvenue à Paris—the city of cinema! Not only was Paris used as a film set in hundreds of films (and still is), it’s also the town where you’ll find an amazing number of movie theaters and a mind-blowing selection of films, ranging from the most recent ones, to the great classics of the 1950’s and 1960’s, to jewels from the silent film era.

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There are two movie theaters that I visit quite regularly to enjoy a good film: La Pagode which, as its name indicates, is a Japanese pagoda with decor that you’d only expect to see in Japan; and le Grand Rex, an Art Deco marvel, the interior of which reproduces a Mediterranean village complete with lush vegetation, small houses with balconies, fountains, and a starry sky above.Grand-Rex-Etoiles
If I see a film at La Pagode, I often walk in the direction of Saint Germain des Prés boulevard, toward a chocolate store called Richart, where you can taste sinfully delightful chocolates from one of their “collections”: balsamiques, grillés, fruités, hespéridés, herbacés, floraux or épicés. P1000044-768x1024

 

Should I choose to see a film at le Grand Rex, my little tradition is to walk to the rue Montorgueil to buy a tartelette aux fraises de bois (wild strawberry tart) from the Stohrer pastry shop.

The shop was founded in the 18th century by a pastry chef who worked for Maria Leszczyńska before she became the wife of King Louis XV and the queen of France, and who followed the queen to Paris and Versailles.

~Mirek Siedliski, ACCENT Paris

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