Paris Is Hosting A ‘boat-In’ Movie Night On The Seine


There are more reasons why outdoor movie theaters have become more popular nowadays. While the previous years the main reason was the summer when everything is moving out, this year that was enforced because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The measures taken to stop spreading out the virus caused closing all theaters, and the cinema visitors had no possibility to watch movies.

Few Words About the History of Open-air Cinemas

The first outdoor cinema was in Berlin in 1916, but later it became a global summer trend, and in America charming theaters developed (e.g. in New Jersey) and en masse in rural areas, becoming an authentic image of the 60s.

Without reduced sound and picture quality, compared to indoor cinemas, European open-air cinemas are the ultimate setting under the stars and represent a favorite enjoyment in summer.

Now, many open-air cinemas are trying to attract people by inventing a new environment for visitors, like it was planned in Paris, watching a movie from the boat ()! This new entertainment will happen right on the Seine, the storied river that runs through the heart of Paris.

A Boat-in Movie in Paris

The Cinema on the Water (Le Cinema Sur L’Eau) is scheduled for July 18, and the movies will be projected on a large screen (52-by-29 feet), which will be built along the shore. The visitors (150 people) will enjoy a movie night on the river on 38 electric boats.

For that night will be distributed free tickets to residents via a lottery. Each boat will be up to six people, which will allow maintaining physical distancing. All who are interested can apply the open lottery until July 15, and the winners will be notified by email.

In addition to the 150 seats, there will be available another 150 deck chairs, placed along the river banks for people to watch “Le Grand Bain.”

This event is part of a larger, annual event known as Paris Plages (“Paris Beaches”) a summer festival sponsored by the French capital in order to bring the beach to local residents.

This festival will run until August 30, where those urban areas along the river banks into sandy beaches will be transformed for residents to stroll in the sunlight, build a sandcastle or play some beach volleyball.

So, if you are somewhere around you can spend a summer day in Paris, on those beaches.!

European Most Spectacular Open-air Cinemas

For other Europeans here are the 13 most spectacular open-air cinemas that can be visited this summer:

  • Cineteca di Bologna, Bologna
  • Sala Montjuic, Barcelona
  • Cinéma en Plein Air de la Villette, Paris
  • Film Festival Locarno
  • Hot Tub Cinema and Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House, London
  • Kino Unter den Sternen in Karlsplatz, Vienna
  • Rooftop Film Club, London
  • Gradina cu Filme, Bucharest
  • Szimpla Kert, Budapest
  • Pluk de Nacht, Amsterdam
  • Cine Kamari, Santorini
  • Amante Movie Night, Ibiza


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