Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé

Cinema in Montparnasse & Southern Paris

This striking cinema with a small exhibition (€3) devoted to the history of cinema is a brilliant addition to the Paris flick scene. Where else can you watch silent B&W movies to the sound of a live pianist? The Pathé Foundation is hidden in a former theatre and cinema dating to 1869, but only the façade – sculpted by Rodin – remains. The rest of the building is an unbelievable, five-storey, contemporary ‘slug’ of a creation by world-class architect Renzo Piano.

Guided architecture tours (adult/child €7.50/4) take place Saturday at noon. The family-friendly ciné-concerts (films) at weekends are particularly enchanting.