Monday, January 04, 2010

Movie business!


Paris is a heaven for cinema lovers. Not only are there 95 theaters within Paris, but on top of that they don’t all show the latest blockbuster (you can see a lot of old good movies too). Moreover you can see most movies in their original language (version originale). There are 2 main networks (UGC and Gaumont) plus smaller ones like this one (Pathé) or MK2 and many independent theaters (visit Allocine to know more). A movie ticket costs about 10 €, but you can have cheaper deals if you buy a card or subscribe to a year plan that allows you to go as often as you want for 20 € a month (that's what I have). Despite piracy and VOD, the movie theater business is still doing pretty well : it increased by 4% this year (almost 200 million tickets sold).

34 comments:

  1. 20 uros a month see as many movies as I want! That seals it- I'm moving to Paris!

    The availability of older films interests me. Dvd and VOD are no match for watching on the big screen.

    I'm glad enjoy film as much as I want to. ;-)

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  2. Can anyone tell I'm really sick? Hence the writing much like that of someone with more limited English skills. ;-)

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  3. cool photo Eric, your composition is so creative.
    I love going to the movies.
    Do you get to see many foriegn films?

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  4. Cool shot. I'm glad to hear the business is doing so well. Hollywood also had a great year in 2009--at least one American business that's doing well.

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  5. What would I give...

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  6. HAPPY NEW YEAR, ERIC! Always great to check in on your site for a slice of beautiful Paris :)

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  7. LOL Wren where did that "e"?!
    You know what? I could not have forgotten this "e" speaking of e-Pathé movies ;-) Am I qualified for another comment? :-)
    Thank you Eric for these information... I just love movies and I never have enough time to watch all these I'd like to watch. At least, I love sharing view with other people about movies.

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  8. *go (I had to forget something though!!)

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  9. Hardly ever go to the movies any more (though I did manage to see Julie and Julia 5 times). But I went all the time when I lived in Paris many many years ago, so I tend to associate Paris avec le cinoche and—donc—love this post!

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  10. P.S., Carrie -- I did get your message from day before yesterday, and same to you!
    from Cali -- if you do begin to carry a map of Paree, you'll be amazed at how often you find an occasion to consult it.

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  11. The last movie I saw in a theater involved computer-generated chipmunks. The trip to the theater before that involved raining meatballs. I think you are getting my drift.

    What exactly are we looking at here? Are we outdoors or inside the theater?

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  12. What a funny photo. It made me smile. Something about it looks happy. Maybe it is the type-face of the word Pathé.

    I'm glad to hear that the movie biz picked up 4% last year. I love a good film -- but, hey, doesn't everyone.

    I have been watching erotic classic French and Italian films made during the 60's to mid 70's lately. I did not see them when they came out because I was too young. So, I have had some catching up to do. The films because of age are getting faded, and I do not know if anyone is going to take the trouble to restore them.

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  13. Suzy, that's a cute profile photo -- it's so you.

    Wren, Get well soon.

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  14. We were off the week from Christmas to New Years, so we caught up on some movies...including "Julie & Julia" and "Paris". Both were excellent, although the scenery in "Paris" alone was worth the rental...I would love that apartment the dancer has in Montmartre!

    As for theaters, it is always better on the big screen...on Blvd St Germain near the flat we rent there are 4 UGC theaters on the same block which always struck me as odd...



    Sean

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  15. Yes that's a funny photo! And it reminds me of your superb 10 december 2008 shot showing a MK2 theater... Such a remember.
    Speaking of movies, I watched Julie and Julia a few months ago. Well..., apart from Meryl Streep performance, which is excellent, I must admitt I was a bit disappointed by this movie... I'm very picky, I guess. Never seen 'Paris' movie so far but I'll rent it asap.
    What else?
    Hmm ... maybe some catching up to do too ;-) Or maybe not LOL! :))

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  16. Yes that's a funny photo! And it reminds me of your superb 10 december 2008 shot showing a MK2 theater... Such a remember.
    Speaking of movies, I watched Julie and Julia a few months ago. Well..., apart from Meryl Streep performance, which is excellent, I must admitt I was a bit disappointed by this movie... I'm very picky, I guess. Never seen 'Paris' movie so far but I'll rent it asap.
    What else?
    Hmm ... maybe some catching up to do too ;-) Or maybe not LOL! :))

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  17. Great photo!

    I'm a huge cinema lover, and it was a treat when I visited Paris last year, not only because I could visit a bunch of locations from my favorite French movies (Breathless, The Fire Within, Amelie), but also because of the simple pleasure of seeing films in Parisian theatres. I ended up seeing two during my stay: There Will Be Blood, and Hitchcock's Notorious.

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