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.

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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