Paris is an undeniably cinematic city. So it might seem backward, wasteful even, to spend a few hours of a visit there shuttered inside a dark movie theater. But Paris is one of the undisputed capitals of film, and time spent in one of its cinemas is time spent exploring a rich side of the city’s culture and history.
If Paris looks like a movie set, many of its theaters are no exception, distancing themselves from generic multiplex chains. In the last several years, a new wave of theaters has popped up that gives moviegoers an opportunity to appreciate film through the lens of modern luxury and nostalgia. Here we have seven excellent places to take in the Seventh Art while you’re in Paris. —Alexandra Owens