The Cinémathèque française: the temple of cinephiles in the heart of the Bercy district

Published by Cécile de Sortiraparis, Nathanaël de Sortiraparis · Photos by Nathanaël de Sortiraparis · Published on February 19th, 2024 at 07:36 p.m.
For Parisians and lovers of the 7th art, the Cinémathèque française is a must-see cinema landmark in Paris: a cinema and museum dedicated to the history of cinema.

Founded in 1936 by Henri Langlois, the Cinémathèque française 's mission is "to collect old films, whatever their origin or format, to preserve them and show them to the public. To achieve this, the institution preserves and exhibits an impressive number of works and objects related to cinema: films, shorts, posters, photographs, drawings, set models, costumes, props, archive files, old and new equipment...

To share this cultural wealth, the Cinémathèque organizes numerous events open to the public. The building houses a large and beautiful cinema, where films from a wide variety of heritages are screened every day, and which regularly hosts previews and retrospectives. The Cinémathèque also houses a permanent museum dedicated to the work of Georges Méliès, as well as anexhibition hall with a wide range of themes, enabling visitors to discover the seventh art from ever more original angles.

The Cinémathèque calendar is packed withnews andevents for audiences of all ages, from film novices to specialists. Screenings, workshops, themed tours, film clubs, exhibitions, meetings, festivals... The institution never sleeps - or almost never.

Located in the heart of the Bercy district, the Cinémathèque française is accessible via metros 6 and 14 (Bercy or Cour Saint-Émilion stop). Open every day except Tuesdays, May 1, December 25 and August. Opening times vary from one room to another: the museum, for example, stays open longer than the library.

Likewise, prices vary according to activities and special rates (children, under-26s, family rates, etc.). If you're a movie buff, the Cinémathèque offers attractivesubscription packages , giving you access to the institution's various services and events.

Here's what to see and do at the Cinémathèque française right now.

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Practical information

Location

51 rue de Bercy
75012 Paris 12

Accessibility info

Access
Metro Bercy (lines 6 and 14)

Prices
Séance de cinéma: €7 - €20
Tarif musée: €7.5 - €10
Tarif exposition: €11 - €14

Official website
www.cinematheque.fr

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