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Let’s Go to the Movies

Paris is a movie lover’s paradise:  lots and lots of cinemas, playing everything from big budget American blockbusters to small art house films from around the world.   And if your French is a bit shaky, you can still enjoy films in VO (version originale) whether that be English or some other language with subtitles in French.   Unfortunately, most American animated movies for kids are shown in VF (version française) or only shown in VO in the evenings.

Movie tickets, however, aren’t cheap.    Full price tickets go for about 10€ with supplemental fees for 3-D movies.  Dinner, a movie, and a babysitter will definitely cost you.  But there are a couple of deals to know about:

  • The first show of the day is almost always a deal with tickets in the 5 to 6€ range.
  • While in the U.S., kids have to be under 12 to get a reduced price ticket, most movie chains offer reduced price tickets to those under the age of 18.  The MK2 chain offers further reductions for those under 10.
  • Look into buying a card for 5 showings rather than single tickets.  For example, the UGC chain offers a card good for 5 showings during the week at about 30€, and another offering 5 showings any time at around 40€.  If you’re with a group, you can buy one of these cards and use all the showings in one fell swoop.  (But check the details:  the MK2 card can be used by 1 to 3 people only.)  These cards have an expiration date so make sure you have the time to use it before buying it.
  • If you’re a serious movie buff, consider a monthly subscription.  The UGC chain offers UGC Illimité, all the movies you can see for 19,80€ per month (35€ for the card for two).  This card is honored as well as by the MK2 chain as well as a host of independent theaters.
  • Several times a year, movie tickets are reduced to 3.50€ for a three-day period.

For what’s showing this week, consult:

CityVox (in French)

Cine Cinéma (in French)

English Language Cinema listings

For more on the Paris film scene, you may enjoy these articles:

Independent Movie Houses in Paris (Gridskipper)

Paris Cinema (Secrets of Paris)

Cinemas & Movie Theaters: All Our Local Tips (Spotted by Locals)


Places of Worship

France is nominally a Catholic country so it’s a pretty good bet that you’ll find a parish church somewhere close to where you live. But if your spiritual home is elsewhere or if you’d just like to worship in English, here is a nonexhaustive list of places of worship in Paris and environs where you’ll hear English being spoken; many of these institutions were founded by expatriates. I’ve used information from each institution’s own materials for the descriptions. If you know of other faiths not represented here, please leave a comment.

American Cathedral in Paris
23, avenue George V
75008 Paris
Phone: 01 53 23 84 00

An English speaking Episcopal church

American Church in Paris
65, quai d’Orsay
75007 Paris
Phone: 01 40 62 05 00

An interdenominational and international Christian community

The Bridge International Church 
email: info@thebridgeparis.com
Sunday services are at 11:00 held at the Hotel Novotel, 21 avenue Edouard Belin in  Rueil Malmaison.

The Bridge is a new international church in the western suburbs of Paris.  It  represents the spectrum of Christianity, and  is open to both the religious and non-religious.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Paris 2nd Ward:(10:00am-1:00pm)
12, rue St. Merri
75004 Paris

Paris-Lilas Ward (9:00am-12:00pm)
Paris Ward (1:00pm-4:00pm)
64, rue de Romainville
75019 Paris

Versailles Ward (9:00am-12:00pm) [English translation available]
St. Quentin Branch (9:30am-12:30pm)
5, Rond Point de l’Alliance
78000 Versailles

Emmanuel International Church
56, rue des Bons Raisins
92500 Rueil-Malmaison
Phone: 01 47 51 29 63

An interdenominational and international Christian congregation

Kehilat Gesher
7, rue Léon Cogniet
75017 Paris

10, rue de Pologne
78100 Saint-Germain-en-Laye
Phone: 01 39 21 97 19

French-Anglophone Jewish congregation combining Liberal and Conservative traditions with locations in Paris and Saint Germain en Laye

St. George’s Anglican Church
7, rue Auguste Vacquerie,
75116 Paris
Phone: 01 47 20 22 51 

An Anglican Church of the Diocese in Europe, which forms part of the Church of England

St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church
50, avenue Hoche
75008 Paris
Phone: 01 42 27 28 56

St. Mark’s Versailles
31, rue du Pont Colbert
78000 Versailles
Phone: 01 39 02 79 45

Sunday services in Versailles & Chevry (Gif-sur-Yvette)

St. Michael’s Church
5, rue d’Aguesseau
75008 Paris
Phone: 01 47 42 70 88

An international evangelical Anglican church

St. Peter’s Church Chantilly
Phone: 03 44 58 53 22

The Scots Kirk
17, rue Bayard
75008 Paris
Phone: 01 40 70 09 59

A congregation of the Church of Scotland, the national Church in Scotland, which is Presbyterian in government and belongs to the world-wide family of Reformed churches

Trinity International Church of Paris

Sunday services held at Eglise Reformee de Pentemont-Luxembourg:

58, rue Madame
75006 Paris
Phone: 01 45 08 16 63

This church describes itself as “a unique spiritual community coming from a wide variety of backgrounds: We come from a variety of backgrounds including international business, research and diplomatic arenas. The church includes students, multi-cultural families, newcomers to France and some of us come to improve or keep our English. We represent over 20 nations of the world and many different Christian traditions, yet we find unity in Christ as we follow him together.”

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Paris
Services and religious education held at Temple de Pentemont:
106, rue de Grenelle
75006 Paris

English Language Books: Where to Buy Them in Paris

by A.  Letkemann

Updated September 2013

English language bookstores in Paris are more than just a place to pick-up your latest copy of that steamy new novel or copy of Vanity Fair.  They are also cultural centers where you can meet international authors as well as explore ideas and topics of interest to you. Below is a list of popular English language bookstores in Paris, though not exhaustive, it’s as comprehensive as we can find.

Abbey Bookshop – La Librairie Canadienne
29, rue de la Parcheminerie, 75005 Paris
Phone: 01 46 33 16 24
Métro: St-Michel or Cluny La Sorbonne

A Canadian bookshop around the corner from Shakespeare & Co., with lots of secondhand British and North American fiction, good social science sections, plus knowledgeable and helpful staff — and free coffee.

64, rue de la Folie Méricourt, 75011 Paris
Phone: 01 49 29 27 27
Métro: St-Ambroise, Oberkampf, Parmentier, Filles du Calvaire, or République

Berkeley Books of Paris
8 Rue Casimir-Delavigne, 75006 Paris
Métro: Odéon

Second hand bookshop specializing in literature, criticism, history, philosophy, religion, poetry, literary journals, cookbooks and children’s books.

The Book Cellar
23, rue Jean de Beauvais, 75005 Paris
Phone: 01 46 34 62 03
Métro: Maubert-Mutualité

37, avenue de l’Opera, 75002 Paris
Métro: Pyramides, Opera

Closed in summer 2009 to the chagrin of  readers, Brentano’s reopened in February 2010 under new ownership.  The selection of English language books here is rather limited.

224, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Phone: 01 42 60 76 07
Métro: Tuileries or Concorde

Fine arts, Anglo-American literature, guidebooks, newspapers, and magazines.  The oldest English bookstore on the continent.

Gilbert Jeune
Multiple locations for different departments around Place St. Michel, 75005 Paris

15bis boulevard Saint Denis, 75002  Paris
Tel: 01 55 34 75 75

San Francisco Book Co.
17, rue Monsieur-le-Prince, 75006 Paris
Phone: 01 43 29 15 70
Métro: Odéon or Luxembourg (RER B).

Buy, sell and trade your English-language hardcover and paperback books at this Left Bank establishment, opened in 2005. It offers a variety of categories (including some first editions and rare collectibles), new and used books, as well as a read-only library upstairs. Get on their mailing list via their Web site to obtain updates of visiting authors and other literary events.

Shakespeare & Co.
37, rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris
Phone: 01 43 25 40 93
Métro: Maubert-Mutualité or St-Michel Notre-Dame

Open from noon to midnight daily, this legendary Parisian book store sells used, antique as well as some new books. Though not at the original location of Sylvia Beach’s famous store, it still attracts a crowd of would-be Hemingways. Get on their mailing list via their website to obtain updates of visiting authors and other literary events.

Tea and Tattered Pages
24, rue Mayet, 75006 Paris
Phone: 01 40 65 94 35
Métro: Duroc

Tea and Tattered Pages’ owner passed away some time ago and a new owner is being sought.  The shop is closer until further notice.  This tiny, independent bookshop is a bit off the beaten path, but they’ve got some of the best deals on new and used English-language books, and a tearoom serving up authentic brownies and apple pie.

W.H. Smith
248, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Phone: 01 44 77 88 99
Métro: Concorde

This is one of the largest English language book stores in Paris (an independent branch of the British bookstore chain), with an impressive magazine selection and English food products upstairs. They host regular author events and readings for free if you get on their mailing list (on the Web site). Open on Sunday afternoons.

Editor’s Note: You can find a limited selection of English language books in the major French bookstore chains such as FNAC and Virgin Atlantic and perhaps your neighborhood librairie. The French word for bookstore is “librairie”; a library is known as a “bibliotheque”.  Amazon.fr also offers English language books with lower shipping rates than if you order from Amazon.uk or Amazon.com.

Sadly, two beloved English language bookshops, The Red Wheelbarrow and Village Voice, closed in 2012.  Read about these developments here.