Saint André des Arts: art-house movie theater institution in the Latin Quarter

Published by Charlene S. · Photos by Charlene S. · Updated on 3 June 2021 at 14h08 · Published on 24 January 2020 at 18h25
Built in 1971 in the Latin Quarter, the Saint André des Arts movie theater has spanned eras with the same calling: giving pride of place to art-house movies.

It has been 49 years, and their activity never stopped!  Saint André des Arts has become a genuine institution in the Latin Quarter in terms of art-house movies. And for good reason, because of its background, the calling has been here since the very beginning. The building was initially a hotel, and in 1971, Roger Diamantis purchased it. With two childhood friends, he renovates it and then turns it into an indie movie theater, his dream as a cinephile. When he died in 2010, his wife took over and has committed into making the tradition of Saint André des Arts movie theater last, the venue being named after the street it is set in.

And today, the least we can say is the movie theater is still active! Discovery cycles, junior cycles, think pieces, nationwide releases… The 3 rooms available enable Saint André des Arts to enjoy many movie programs. With over 700 debates held every year, the “Tribune Libre” (think piece) program offers to watch a movie on Thursdays and to debate and talk about it in the room with a speaker (lecturer, searcher, writer…), chosen in relationship to the theme approached. The “Découverte” cycle – specialty of Saint André des Arts – leads to debates at the end of the screening as well. Movies from this cycle are released exclusively in this theater, giving it the chance to be released, in lack of distributor. More about the different cycles here!

Besides, Saint André des Arts also offers a few nationwide openings, all in original versions. Only movies from the junior cycle, for children from 3 years old are in French. Note movies are played in 2K, but some can be extended to 4K.

To enjoy a walk in the neighborhood, the movie theater is surrounded by tourist and lush places. The square René Viviani or the Square Vert-Galand are set within a 10-minute walk. The Fontaine Saint-Michel is also a few steps away, and 7 minutes by foot from there stands the national institution of La Monnaie de Paris and its museum. The choice is all yours!

Practical information

Location

30 rue Saint André-des-Arts
75006 Paris 6

Official website
cinesaintandre.fr

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