The one-night-only event is set to make a serious splash.
Oh, Paris! Some of us may have thrown many a covetous glance at the city of love over the years, and this summer, there’s another reason to be green with envy. A pop-up floating cinema, bobbing on the waters of the Bassin de La Villette, will be setting up for one-night-only this July, and we seriously think L.A. needs to be taking notes!
Yes, we have some great outdoor cinema summer experiences in L.A., from the Rose Bowl drive-in to the Street Food drive-in series, but a cinema where you’re floating on a cute little boat couldn’t hurt.
The Parisian floating cinema, in which guests will be sat in a fleet of smart electric boats, has emerged from a partnership between the City of Paris, Häagen-Dazs, and the MK2 cinema chain, who are handling the technical stuff. It’s all to support the return of Paris Plages, an annual event which sees the banks of the Seine and Bassin de La Villette turned into a seaside resort, complete with pop-up swimming pools, riverside deckchairs, and volleyball courts.
Of course, with full French flair, the film that will be showing in this one-off event is Gilles Lellouche’s comedy Le Grand Bain, which sees a group of middle-aged men try their hand at synchronized swimming. Guests will be able to snag a seat in those electric boats (which seat two to six people), or sink into one of 150 deckchairs that will be set up on the shoreline. If you know someone Paris (since there’s no chance of catching this if you’re in the U.S.), tickets can be registered for here – winning tickets will be drawn by lots on July 15.