Cinémathèque Française Overview:
Cinematheque Francaise Location and Contact Information:
The Cinémathèque is located in the 12th arrondissement (district) of Paris, south of the Seine and not far from the surprisingly contemporary, burgeoning National Library District and close to the lovely Parc de Bercy and Promenade Plantee.
51 rue de Bercy
Metro: Bercy (line 6 or 14)
Tel : +33 (0)1 71 19 33 33
Cinematheque Francaise Opening Hours and Tickets:
Center and Cinemas: Monday through Sunday. Closed Tuesdays, December 25th, January 1st and May 1st. Cinema ticket counter opens daily at 12:00 pm (10:00 am on Sundays).
Cinema Museum Opening Times: The museum is open from Monday through Saturday from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm; Sundays from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Closed on Tuesdays, December 25th January 1st and May 1st.
Cinema Library Opening Times: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm; Saturday from 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Closed Tuesday, Sunday and on French bank holidays.
Tickets: Admission to the permanent collections and displays is free of charge for all visitors. Entry prices vary for temporary exhibits: call ahead. Entry to temporary exhibitions is free for visitors 13 and under.
Sights and Attractions Nearby the Cinematheque:
- National Library District
- Promenade Plantee and the Viaduc des Arts (great for a stroll)
- Butte aux Cailles Neighborhood
The MuseumA veritable treasure trove of objects and archives related to celluloid history, the permanent collection at the Cinematheque features hundreds of artifacts. The museum traces the history of film through the development of magic lanterns and optical instruments, showing how burgeoning new technologies in the 19th century led, eventually, to the innovations that would make moving film possible. The legacies of film pioneers such as the Lumière Brothers and Georges Méliès are explored in this history.
Other noteworthy sections of the museum display legendary costumes, collections of scripts, notes and drawings, film posters, and other artifacts. Scenes from films which marked celluloid history are played throughout-- from Hitchcock to Fritz Lang, Charlie Chaplin or Francois Truffaut. Temporary exhibits have recently focused on Fritz Lang's Metropolis, Stanley Kubrick, and Jacques Tati.
Go here to download a free and complete audioguide (in English) exploring the collections at the film museum.