Peniche Cinema is a restaurant and floating cinema in Paris

This is an unusual cinema in Paris located on a boat, which is permanently moored on the Canal de l’Ourcq, yet it also has a restaurant open for lunch and Sunday brunch in a lovely setting.

About the Peniche Cinema

First put in place and anchored permanently on the Canal de l’Ourcq back in 2008, the Peniche Cinema is actually a barge, which has been transformed into a cinema where they hold intimate film screenings including short films through to documentaries and film concerts.

There are also film debates held at this entertainment venue in Paris where film producers, technicians, actors etc are invited and share stories and discuss different aspects with the general public, yet there are also film festivals like one relating to India for example, plus they organise different courses and workshops.
Peniche Cinema boat bow

The Peniche Cinema is an unusual venue for a cinema in Paris and in complete contrast to The Geode, which is also a cinema located within the Parc de la Villette, but with a full, yet eclectic programme throughout the year, along with red carpet events, it has a good sized screen and the boat is equipped with a high quality sound system and film concerts are also on the agenda from time to time.

Peniche Cinema Restaurant La Terrasse de Franckie

Now when it comes to the Peniche Cinema restaurant, this is known as the La Terrasse de Franckie and you will find that fresh fruits and vegetables are utilised with the French produce available, so the menu does change according to the seasons, and there are gluten free and vegetarian options available.

You can enjoy a Formula on a Monday to Friday which includes a starter and a dessert for €12, but for €15 you can opt for a starter and main course or main course and dessert and as of 2018 for €17 you can also have a glass of wine as well.  Yet there are three course options available at this floating restaurant, and the Table Formula for a three course is a cost of €20 as of 2018 or €21 with a coffee to finish.
Going for the a la carte menu with the starter you could choose between a variety of different salads, a vegetarian Indian dish of palaak paneer, Basque tapas or Italian charcuterie at an average cost of €6.

Then you have the Plats, or Main courses as we would known them in English, with salads, grillades, meat and fish dishes available and you get a choice of an accompaniment such as Rice, House French fries or mixed seasonal vegetables that are served a la plancha with a cider vinegar sauce.

The main courses are an average cost of €12, and then you have the desserts, such as apple crumble or chocolate fondant with English cream, all of which are an average cost of €5 as of 2018.  Plus we would like to point out that as well as soft drinks, the restaurant is fully licensed, so you could always enjoy a glass of wine, champagne, beer, etc, as well as a coffee for instance.

Visiting the Peniche Cinema

As you have no doubt gathered by now, the Peniche Cinema is located within the Parc de la Villette in the 19th Arrondissement and is situated opposite the Cabaret Sauvage venue, where it is permanently moored on the Canal de l’Ourcq.
Menus boards on the Peniche Cinema

Boat stern of Peniche Cinema
You will find that the nearest Metro station is the Porte de la Villette stop via line 7, or alternatively you have the Porte de Pantin stop via line 5, which is located close to the Cite de la Musique with its museum at the other end of the park.

Other forms of public transport in Paris include the Tramway on line T3B that will also get you close by to the floating cinema, as will the bus lines 75, 139, 150,151, 152 and 330 along with the Noctilien Night Bus Service via Lines N13, N41, N42, N45 and N140.

Yet there are also four different Velib stations for the self service cycle hire located around the Parc de la Villette along with secure car parks located in different areas that are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You will find that the Peniche Cinema Restaurant is open on a Monday to Friday from noon until 3pm and as far as we are aware they are still open on a Sunday as well, plus there is also a Happy Hour on a Thursday from 6pm through to 8pm.
Peniche Cinema on Canal de l'Ourcq

When it comes to the events, there is a varied and eclectic programme organised throughout the year and whether it be a short film, documentary or debate, these are held of an evening.

However, we would like to point out that reservations are required, and from what we can gather they are also required for lunch, even though you can still just turn up and hope they have space.