Cinematic experiences have captivated people for more than a century and continue to be just as, if not more, popular today as they were when cinema was first introduced with the screening of silent films. The Cinematheque Francaise is a Museum of Cinema situated in Paris. A visit to this city of love and lights would be incomplete without a stop at the Cinematheque Francaise in the 12th arrondissement.
The Cinematheque Francaise houses one of the biggest film archives, film-related records and other items from all around the globe. The Cinematheque Francaise was established before World War II and the entire film collection was almost lost when the German soldiers occupied France. Stealthy efforts had to be made in order to sneak the collection, bit by bit, into the unoccupied area of France where it would be safe from the German soldiers who were seeking out and destroying any movie or item of cinematics made prior to 1937.
After World War II, the Cinematheque Francaise was subsidized by the government and this funding allowed them to acquire some employees and a small premises from which to begin screenings of the collection. Daily screenings of movies from all over the world can still be seen at the Cinematheque Francaise. 1992 saw the amalgamation of the Cinematheque Francaise and the Bibliotheque du Film. This resulted in the one of the most comprehensive and extensive of all film libraries in existence today. The Cinematheque Francaise has also recently started preserving and repairing all the films in its archives to ensure the continued appreciation and recollection of cinematic history and classics.
There are quite a few amenities available at the Cinematheque Francaise and visitors can rest assured that a full and fun cultural day out awaits them. The film library, space scientists and image library, bookstore, restaurant, regularly updated exhibitions and screening room will keep even the most discerning of travellers happy and entertained.
Facts For Your VisitFee: Yes, however entry is free with the Paris Pass.
Currently ClosedHours This Week:
- Monday: 12:00 – 7:00 PM
- Tuesday: Closed
- Wednesday: 12:00 – 7:00 PM
- Thursday: 12:00 – 7:00 PM
- Friday: 12:00 – 7:00 PM
- Saturday: 12:00 – 7:00 PM
- Sunday: 12:00 – 7:00 PM
Address: 51 Rue de Bercy, 75012 Paris, France
Phone: 01 71 19 33 33
Official Website: Museum of Cinema (Cinémathèque Française)Map of nearby accommodations:
|Metro / RER Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|M6 or M14||Bercy||6 minutes|
How to get to Museum of Cinema (Cinémathèque Française) by Metro / RER
By Metro: Take Metro Line 6 or 14 to Bercy Station. Exit and walk southwest to Rue de Bercy and follow it to your left (southeast). Cinémathèque Française is on the left just past the entrance to Parc de Bercy.
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Ratedout of 5
Easily my favorite place in all of Paris. The museum of film is beautiful and fascinating, the two additional expositions I saw were also incredibly in depth and fascinating, and most importantly the screenings are amazing. Every film I saw here was either full or very near full, so make sure to buy your tickets in advance and arrive well before the start of the film to make sure you get a good seat. You won't regret it.
Sam Schrader - 1 month ago
A great place to honor the art of film. The Sergio Leone Exhibition I attended was a wonderful recognition of the director's works, meticulously designed. The one BIG limitation of this exhibit, but also the Cinémathèque in general is that it is almost exclusively in French. For a medium and art form that is clearly global (and a lot of the art having been created by non-French filmmakers) that comes as a major disappointment and omission. Get international Cinémathèque!
Thorsten Hennig-Thurau - 1 month ago
The Cinémathèque Française is a place every movie freaks should see at least once in their lives. A fantastic museum dedicated to history of cinema, great exhibitions and a good screening programming.
Ryan - 2 months ago
Historic and essential for any film lover. This place never fails to provide a ton of brilliant programming.
ela orleans - 4 months ago