Floating Cinema in Paris

Drive-ins have opened up all over the place, but the River Seine is about to become the scene of the world's first float-in.

As lockdown eased, but cinemas remained closed, drive-ins have become hugely popular. But Paris is taking the concept one stage further, swapping cars for boats.


Next week, courtesy of a collaboration between cinema chain Mk2 and Häagen-Dazs, the waters of the River Seine in the French capital will see the arrival of a floating movie theatre where people can enjoy themselves in socially distant boats.


The “Le Cinéma sur l’Eau”, or “cinema on the water”, will be held on July 18 to celebrate the return of the annual Paris Plages event, that creates temporary beaches along the Seine and the Bassin de la Villette during the summer.


The floating cinema will welcome 150 locals who will be able to kick back in one of 38 small electric boats to watch “Le Grand Bain”, a French comedy about a group of men who start a synchronized swimming team and “A Corona Story”, a short film about COVID-19.


Each boat will seat four to six people, making sure that the groups consist of family or friends to makes sure social distancing measures are met. Also, to make sure that as many as people can benefit from this boat-cinema experience, another 150 people will be able to watch from deckchairs on dry land.


To get the chance to attend such an exceptional movie night, Parisians can enter a raffle for free tickets from July 7 until July 16.