Paris to Host Floating Movie Theater at the Seine River

Seine River, Paris
The waters of the Seine river in Paris, France, will host an innovative floating movie theater where people can enjoy films alongside their families.

Parisian movie fans will be treated to a unique — yet socially distanced — movie experience on Saturday, July 18.

The waters of the Seine river in Paris, France, will host an innovative floating movie theater where people can enjoy films onboard socially distant boats.

The “Cinéma sur l’Eau” (cinema on the water) celebrates the beginning of Paris Plages. This is an annual event that creates temporary beaches along the Seine and Bassin de Villette during the summer. 

Some 38 boats, with four to six people on board, will get to watch the free screening. Another 150 people will be able to watch from deck chairs that will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The screening will start at 7:30 pm.

Movie theater chain Mk2 has decided to close the event to walk-in guests in order to comply with physical distancing guidelines.

Moviegoers will be treated to ”Le Grand Bain” (Sink or Swim), a 2018 comedy about a group of men who form a synchronized swimming team. 

A Corona Story, a short film about the coronavirus pandemic, will also be screened on Saturday evening. 

 “Le Cinéma sur l’Eau” also celebrates the reopening of French movie theaters after a three-month lockdown. Theaters in France were able to reopen at 50 percent capacity after being shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.