Le Grand Palais, the vast
steel-and-glass structure just off the Champs Elysées, will become an ephemeral
drive-in cinema for 12 days in June – converting the immense nave into a giant movie
theatre inside one Paris’ most iconic monuments.
From 10 to
21 June, the transformed Cinema
Paradiso will be the biggest drive-in ever seen in a capital city,
welcoming up to 1,000 visitors per movie to the 12,000sqm space, with a
programme that will show cult films ranging from Taxi Driver to Back to the
Future to The Big Lebowski on a huge 25sqm screen. Visitors
can snuggle up in cute pre-parked Fiat 500 cars to watch the film, or settle into
classic cinema seats or deckchairs.
will be more than just movies at the event, with the space opening every day at
11 am for an array of adult and child-friendly activities. Restaurants will
include a champagne and lobster bar, a four-seat restaurant by top French chef
Jean-François Piège, and in keeping with the US theme, an American diner
serving burgers and an ice-cream and milkshake bar. Also not to be missed is a
roller disco for children and adults, and an exhibition on the golden age of
video games, featuring vintage arcade machines, pinball and table
the roller disco turns into a dance floor where big names in the Paris
nightlife scene – such as record label Kitsuné,
and nightclubs Le Baron and Wanderlust – play music through the night,
including DJ sets from French electro stars Ed Banger and Miss Kittin.
Access is 10
euros at the door, but tickets to the cinema (19 euros including entry) or to
club nights should be bought in advance on the FNAC
Kim Laidlaw is the
Paris Localite for BBC Travel. She also writes www.unlockparis.com.