Movies outdoors in Paris

In summer, films are screened outdoors in different areas of the capital

Cinéma en plein air, butte Montmartre, Paris © OTCP - Marc Bertrand

Cinema and Paris go well together. In summer, films are screened outdoors in different areas of the capital. A great way to enjoy a movie under the stars!

Want to see a movie on a big screen comfortably seated in a deckchair? Then don't miss Cinéma en plein air at La Villette. This has been a well-established rendezvous with moviegoers for more than twenty years thanks to a rich and varied programme. The festival takes place over a month on the lawns of the Prairie du Triangle from late July to late August.

Every summer, the ‘Chaise et l’Ecran’ (‘Chair and Screen’) in the 11th arrondissement provides a quality programme of films with a film personality as patron. Giving prominence to great French directors such as Maurice Pialat, François Truffaut and Henri Verneuil, this festival sometimes mixes film screenings with concerts of film music. Note: most French films are subtitled in English.

Finally, if you like short films, go to the Festival Silhouette, which takes place from late August to early September in the Parc de la Butte du Chapeau-Rouge, in the 19th arrondissement. This free event has been taking place since 2002 and is dedicated exclusively to short films. As a bonus, each screening is preceded by a concert.

The summer of 2020 is marked by the return of the legendary American drive-in. It takes place on the tarmac of the Air and Space Museum, close to the Ariane rockets. Every Saturday, from July 4 to August 22, 2020, "Ciné Tarmac" offers a projection on a giant screen, which you can enjoy comfortably in your car, followed by a frenzied DJ set. The numerous foodtrucks allow a welcome gourmet break. Price: €40/person including the version, the dj set, a bottle of water, sweets and popcorn, inseparable from an authentic drive-in evening.

Another unprecedented event: the open-air and on the water cinema on board the electric boats of Marin d'eau douce, to inaugurate the 2020 edition of Paris Plages, on July 18 on the Bassin de la Villette.

Several pretty cities (Nogent-sur-Marne, Saint-Maur-des-Fossés ...) of Val-de-Marne schedule open-air cinema sessions in a rural setting and easily accessible from the capital. All the info on the Val-de-Marne Tourisme & Loisirs website.

Cinema on the roof x Sofilm

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July - August 2022
La Machine du Moulin Rouge - 90 boulevard de Clichy, Paris

Open air cinema sessions at La Machine du Moulin Rouge

Open Air Cinema at La Villette

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from 16 July 2021 to 22 August 2021
Parc de La Villette - Plein Air - 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris

A cultural highlight every summer, the festival welcomes thousands of film fans with a programme of French and international films

Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace

Aéroport de Paris - Le Bourget - 3 esplanade de l'Air et de l'Espace - BP 173, Le Bourget Cedex, 93352

The Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace is the oldest aeronautics museum around today. Originally built at Chalais-Meudon, it is now......

Cinéma Paradiso

from 24 July 2021 to 26 July 2021
La Seine Musicale - Île Seguin, Boulogne-Billancourt

Outdoor cinema screenings in the exceptional setting of the Seine Musicale

Silhouette Festival

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August - September 2022
Paris et Ile-de-France - Paris et Île-de-France, Paris

For a week at the end of summer, the Silhouette association puts on a free festival dedicated to short films.