I tend to only write about new and exciting places (or places that are new and exciting to me, at least), but coming back to Paris for la rentree after long holidays elsewhere invariably makes me see Paris with fresh eyes, and I have a renewed appreciation for the things and places in the capital that are part of my ordinary day-to-day life. Which brings me to this post about my twin favourite cinemas in Paris: MK2 Quai de Loire and Quai de Seine. One thing I love doing in Paris is going to the cinema - there is obviously a strong film culture in France and the selection of movies that are on show in general definitely reflect this. And with my handy little cinema pass, I often take myself off to the movies, most often at these two cinemas not too far from where I live.
The small MK2 chain has an excellent roster of films, combining international and French art house films with more commercial big hitters and also screening old or modern classics as part of themed retrospectives or festivals.
But, not only do they have a judicious selection of movies, these two buildings are fantastic in themselves. They sit on either side of the Canal de l'Ourcq in an up-and-coming (read "was a complete shit hole 5 years ago, now really trendy") area of the 19th arrondissement, have lovely little cafes overlooking the water and you can even take the MK2 boat from one side of the canal to the other. Definitely one of my favourite places to catch a film and I'd recommend the bar 25 Est just next door for a movie debrief with your fellow cinema goers afterwards.
Quai de Loire - 7 quai de Loire, 75019 Paris
Quai de Seine - 14 quai de la Seine, 75019 Paris
Metro Stalingrad / Jaures