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Paris' Grand Palais goes old school with a drive-in cinema

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 01:06

June 12 - A temporary thousand-seater drive-in cinema opens in the French capital. Sharon Reich reports.

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It's a long way from the old days, but Paris is bringing back the drive-in movie theater. Under the vaulted ceilings of the Grand Palais just off the Champs Elysees, film fans are settling in to enjoy a new kind of drive-in -- one where you don't actually have to drive in. A fleet of Fiat 500s is already there - and the cars have extra roomy interiors to give movie-goers more leg room than they might even have at a local ciniplex. SOUNDBITE: Cinema-goer Tiffany Bouthry saying (French): "We've all seen drive-ins in films, we've all dreamed about them and it's great to be able to experience that with friends in a nice atmosphere with champagne, we're privileged. You have to think to yourself it's pretty nice." SOUNDBITE Cinema-goer Ulysse Bravit saying (French): "The cars are a bit new, there are lots of security personnel and so on but I think that with some good pictures and a bit of music we'll be dreaming a bit more." A thousand movie-lovers a day are expected to visit the exhibition hall. Organizers plan to screen cult classics like "The Big Lebowski" and "Pulp Fiction". The temporary theater called "Cinema Paradiso" will operate until June 21st.

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Paris' Grand Palais goes old school with a drive-in cinema

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 01:06