Getting rainy weather while on holiday is never fun, but luckily we have a backup plan. Bordeaux is rich in culture, with a lot of museums, galleries, theatres and cinemas. Whether you’re in the mood for a blockbuster or an independent movie, Bordeaux movie theatres feature all kinds of genres, and we’ve rounded up the best cinemas to catch a screening.
The UGC Ciné Cité is the ideal place for those who don’t master French, as here you’ll have the option of watching movies in English and other languages. Also, they frequently organise events such as premieres, during which directors and cast and crew come to present their films and interact with the audience.
Attend a film festival
If you’re visiting Bordeaux this fall, you’re in luck! One of the best things about this city is that there are constantly excellent cultural events happening around town. Attend the Festival du Film Indépendant de Bordeaux (FIFIB), from October 18-25, which celebrates independent movies, and meet different actors taking part in this fantastic project. If independent cinema isn’t your thing, there’s Les Nuits Magiques festival, running from November 29 to December 10, that features a worldwide selection of animated films. If you’re looking for something more original, you could also check out Cinopsy’s, which looks at how psychology and psychotherapy are portrayed in movies.
Les Nuits Magiques Festival , 151 Boulevard Albert 1er, Bègles, France, +33 9 51 99 04 80
Cinopsy’s, UGC Ciné Cité, 13-15 Rue Georges Bonnac, Bordeaux, France, +33 1 46 37 28 24
What an original concept! Kino Session is an organisation that supports creativity and collective action. Each time a film is shown in this atypical venue, a theme is chosen by the audience for the next session. From that moment, everyone is welcome to produce their own short film (no longer than five minutes), which will be shown at the next screening, eight weeks later. That is a formidable way to discover local artists, or, if you are in Bordeaux for a while and are in the movie industry, a great opportunity to present your work in a laid-back environment.
Why not catch a movie on your way to the airport? The Ciné Mérignac has easy access by tram, but also has very competitive prices compared to what you might find in Bordeaux. In addition, and importantly, each room has special devices (ask at the register) for hearing-impaired and deaf people.
Ciné Mérignac, 6 Place Charles de Gaulle, Mérignac, France, +33 5 56 97 75 33
Le Festival is a gem of the region’s cultural scene. Located slightly outside of Bordeaux, this family-friendly cinema is perfect for those who love animation movies and special effects. Le Festival cinema frequently organises events and carefully curates original movies that will delight fans of the genre, and which are the perfect introduction for neophytes.
Le Festival, 151 Boulevard Albert 1er, Bègles, France, +33 9 51 99 04 80
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