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The VILLETTE at the cinema


This walk along the water in the footsteps of the films that were shot there, combines cinema from yesterday and today.
The walk begins in the Bassin de la Villette with the film Zero de conduct which gave its name to the shuttle joining the two MK2 cinemas and with the few cult replicas of French cinema inscribed on the facades of the cinema.
Then, along the Ourcq canal to the park, you will find the filming locations of many classic films by Marcel Carné and Jacques Prévert for which some sets remain, action sequences with Mesrine, Ronin, Micmacs in tire-larigot, pop cinema with Diva, a nod to the generational film Le Péril Jeune and a few recent films.
Finally, for the first time, because the setting allows it, you will find scenes from our best French series (Engrenages, Le Bureau des Légendes, etc.).
Some films also tell the story of the Villette district in the days of slaughterhouses and the canal of lock keepers and workers.
Great success or lesser-known films, which you will discover thanks to the many anecdotes, photos and video clips on tablet.

Visit designed in partnership with l'Eté du Canal.

Where ?

From MK2 Quai de Loire to the Parc de la Villette via the Pont de Crimée.  

Duration ?

2 hours (2km)

​On your way

  • The Rotonde de la Villette seen by the cinema. 

  • The restaurant which hosted Marcel Carné's first film, very attached to the canal.

  • From one footbridge to another, the Canal series along the canal. 

  • The Crimean bridge in Micmacs à tire-larigot.

  • The history of the Bassin de la Villette and the slaughterhouses through its films.

Where ?


From MK2 Quai de Loire to Parc de la Villette via the Pont de Crimée.  

Duration ?

2h (2 km)

For who ?

This visit is perfect for those curious about cinema of all eras who wish to learn more about a district which has evolved a lot in a few decades.  

Group of 15 people maximum for individual registrations. Up to 20 people for groups already formed.

Weather report

Tours take place in all weathers, even in the rain! In the event of extreme weather (storms or hot weather), Ciné-Balade will contact you the day before or the morning of the visit to cancel or postpone it if possible.

Some opinions on this walk

A visit that feels good: that takes us to a very nice corner and steeped in the history of Paris but also in our sometimes buried memories of cult films or series (Diva, Le peril jeune ...) I can't wait to do it again a visit to the cinema with Juliette!

- Valerie

A nice moment of cinephile walk
Juliette knows very well how to share her film culture and her passion for cinema. Anecdotes, unexpected visits inside by the way, links between filmmakers, film extracts, quotes, all this marks out our thematic walk with relevance and good humor.

- Simone

Juliette is quite exciting. It offers us the discovery of a district of Paris in a very original way that reconciles a passion for cinema and the history of the places visited.
All thanks to documentation (film extracts and photos) which allows us to discover or rediscover the Paris of yesterday and today. A visit that is as much cultural as it is fun to recommend to all those who love History, Paris and ... cinema.

- Marie-France

Ciné-Balade makes us discover a district under a moose gaze. The cinema allows us to understand the heritage, the history and the evolutions of the district.
Our guide is based on a wide range of films from all times and styles by showing extracts on tablet. It also allows us to enter places that we would not dare to enter.
In short, she was able to make us forget the heatwave of the moment by making us (re) discover another aspect of Paris.

- Morgan

I learned and discovered a lot of things, on films that I knew and places that I frequent. the mix between the history of the district and the films shot, of different styles and eras, is rich and relevant. The ride was therefore of good quality, despite the context of the Stalingrad district, which is not easy! Our guide succeeded in carrying out these beautiful discoveries, I will gladly participate in other visits she offers.

- Jean-Francois

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