These days all we want to do is to go to the movies. Can you blame us? It’s the Cannes Film Festival! A new movie theatre in Paris that’s getting rave reviews is the Pathé Beaugrenelle, which opened last November in the sparkling new Beaugrenelle shopping center, just a stone’s throw from the Seine in the 15th arrondissement.

City residents have quickly fallen under its spell. For one thing, the multiplex cinema (10 salles) was created by in-demand designer Ora-ïto. “What intrigued me was the idea of the future. I was influenced by Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey,” he says. “This cinema is an invitation to travel.” Indeed the hall, or lobby area, channels a futuristic airport.

Another strong selling point: the plush chairs, including romantic duos, equipped with drink holders. Top-notch technology means surround sound by Dolby Atmos, and one of the largest screens in Paris (18 metres high).

Forget buttered popcorn; here you can order up flutes of bubbly at the Champagne bar, or Italian gelato. Last but not least: there’s a babysitting service available for kids (between one and 10 years old) with games and ateliers.

Pathé Beaugrenelle, Centre Commercial Beaugrenelle,? Bâtiment Panoramic, 7 Rue Linois,? 75015 Paris. Tel: 0 892 69 66 96 . Métro: Station Charles Michels (line 10). Ticket prices are 14 euros. A 5-movie pass is available for 39,50 euros, or 7,90 euros per film.

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Mary Winston Nicklin
Based in Paris, Nicklin is the Web Editor of France Today. She is also the Editor of Bonjour Paris, the site's sister publication. As a freelance journalist, she has contributed to publications like The Washington Post, Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Afar, CNN Travel, Vinepair, Travel Agent Magazine, and Luxury Travel Advisor.

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