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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.
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.

Now when it comes to the Peniche Cinema restaurant, this is known as the La Table de Franckie and is open at a lunch time, you will find that fresh fruits and vegetables are utilised with the French produce available, so the menu does change according to the seasons.

You can enjoy a Formula on a Monday to Friday which includes a hot sandwich or salad and a drink for €9, but for €12 you can also opt for a dessert as well, which can then be eaten in or taken away.

Yet there are three course options available at this floating restaurant, with starters such as salads, omelettes, tapas or charcuterie at an average cost of €6.  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 as well as a coffee for instance.

Then you have the Plats, or Main courses as we would known them, with salads, meat or fish dishes available and you get a choice of an accompaniement such as Thai or Basmati rice, House French fries or Mixed seasonal vegetables that are served a la plancha.  The mains are an average cost of €12, and then you have the desserts, which are an average of €6 as of 2014.

Visiting the Peniche Cinema in Paris

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, it is permanently moored on the Canal de l’Ourcq.

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 museum at the other end of the park.

Other forms of public transport in Paris include the tramway on line T3 that will also get you close by to the floating cinema, as will the bus numbers 75, 151, the PC2 and the PC3, along with the RER train station called Pantin.  Yet there are also Velib stations for the self service cycle hire and secure car parks located in areas around the Villette park in Paris.

The Peniche Cinema Restaurant is open on a Monday to Friday from noon until 3pm and for Sunday Brunch from noon until 6pm, plus there is also a Happy Hour on a Thursday from 6pm through to 8pm.

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 and definitely on a Sunday for the brunch.

Related photo images

  -  Photos of the Peniche Cinema

Address and Contact Details

Peniche Cinema
Canal de l'Ourcq
Parc de la Villette
Face au Cabaret Sauvage
59 Boulevard MacDonald
Ile de France

Tel: +33 (0) 9 54 73 00 95 or +33 (0) 6 41 60 43 28

Tourist attractions close by

  -  Canal de l'Ourcq
  -  Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie
  -  The Geode
  -  Argonaute Submarine
  -  Cite de la Musique museum
  -  Canal Saint-Martin

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