Movie magic as Paris turns the Seine River into open-air cinema - GulfToday

Movie magic as Paris turns the Seine River into open-air cinema

open-air cinema 3

People arrive to watch the film "Le Grand Bain" from boats at the cinema on the water. Reuters

While the cinema drive-in may have gotten a boost as lockdowns gradually come to an end amid the COVID-19 outbreak, in Paris film fans can now munch on their popcorn watching a movie from a boat on the river Seine.


Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans to star in $200 million Netflix thriller 'The Gray Man'

Katy Perry chooses Jennifer Aniston to be her daughter's godmother

American rapper Kanye West announces bid for US presidential election, Elon Musk backs him

As part of Paris Plages, the yearly transformation of sections of the Seine into man-made beaches, moviegoers on Saturday were able to board 38 electric boats for a free showing of the 2018 French comedy "Le Grand Bain".

open-air cinema 2 People attend Cinema on the Water, organized by Paris Plages . Reuters

"I really enjoy open-air cinema. It marks the beginning of the summer, and even if we already are in mid-July, for me it marks the beginning of the Parisian summer adventures," said 25-year-old Eloise Blomme.

"I really enjoy the idea of the boats - associating the Seine with a movie on water, I didn't want to miss this."

Each boat can seat up to six people who know each other. Organisers hope to hold similar showings during the six-week Paris Plages festivities. Others watch from deck chairs as the screen floats over the Seine.

open-air cinema 1 People attend the screening of the French movie "Le Grand Bain." AFP

Cinemas have reopened in France, but occupancy levels remain very low. While the virus has been under control with fatalities and the number of people in intensive care falling, daily cases have increased ahead of the summer holiday season

The disease has killed more than 30,000 people in France.

The artificial beaches on the banks of the Seine in central Paris and the Bassin de la Villette, a man-made lake in the northeast of the city, have been a roaring success since they were launched by Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe in 2002.

As well as sand and views of central Paris’ architecture, Paris Plage offers sporting opportunities such as fencing, giant table-football, and open-air gyms looking out over the Seine, although this year the tighter health restrictions have limited some of the activities.


Related articles