Paris History of Cinema Tour - Birth of the 7th Art


On this offbeat walking tour, we’re going to explore the birth and the Golden Age of the Cinema. Your expert guide will explain how the 7th Art evolved so quickly in just over a century, what technologies revolutionized the cinema, and how this industry went from a low class entertainment to a refined form of art.

From Place de la Concorde with views on the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysées, to place Vendôme, place de l’Opéra and the offbeat Grands Boulevards, you will retrace the history of the great people that made it all happen, including a few Frenchies like the Lumière Brothers. You will hit some iconic Paris sights and suddenly find yourself standing on the very spot you recognize from that movie you love, or where the cinema’s founding fathers broadcasted the first film projection. Ready to hop on?
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    Why you'll love this

  • Experience 120 years of Cinema History in the heart of Paris
  • Explore Place de la Concorde, Vendôme, Opéra and Grands Boulevards
  • Take a walk in the footsteps of the geniuses that made it all happen
  • See where some of the best classical movies were shot

    What's included

  • Local guide who knows Paris’s true cinema hub
  • Fascinating facts about the industry of cinema
  • World class cinema sights with views on the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, Place Vendôme, and more!

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Knowing Paris inside-out comes with years of exploring, but above all a passion for discovering all the magic that a city has to offer. Our city guides are selected for their insatiable love for Paris, and their desire to share it with our visitors. Leaving no stone unturned, our guides are always ready to go the extra mile to ensure that those who explore with them get to discover the Paris that truly makes them tick.


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Last reviewed: April 10 2019
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  • Flexible cancellation policy
  • Easy & secure booking experience
  • Real-time assistance with a local team
  • VIP skip the line access

  • Duration 02h30

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    10 max

  • Refund up to 48 hours

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€59.00 per person
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The itinerary

Paris has been passionately courted by the cinema visionary figures from the very beginning. This success is not only due to its ambiance, its quaint streets and stunning architecture but also to the incredible cinematic effervescence that started in Paris at the very end of the 19th Century. Stunning as always, sophisticated and ever so glamorous, Paris naturally became one the cinema’s most cherished ambassador. We’ll start the tour on place de la Concorde, where you’ll have views on camera perfect locations that inspired generations of film makers, like the Eiffel Tower, the Tuileries Gardens, and the Royal Way.

As we start walking towards Place Vendôme and the Opéra, which have seen their fair share of celebrities over the years, your tour guide will point out some iconic Parisian spots constantly bustling with movie sets, and give you a few crusty details on where some local big names like to go! A couple of blocks away (but a 120 years of film history before the Da Vinci Code or Midnight in Paris!), your guide will explain Paris’s role in cinematic history as you see the building where the Lumière brothers broadcasted the first film projections in front of a public back in 1895.

Then came the movie theaters, Gaumont, and the Golden Age of Cinema. You will hear about the 20th Century innovative technologies, like special effects, that made cinema become a popular entertainment. We’ll keep strolling start getting deeper in Paris true cinema hub, the Grands Boulevards, to discover the beating heart of this new form of entertainment, and hear all about the revolution of public broadcasting. Bref, the city is practically a living, breathing movie set! We’ll finish our exploration at the edge of les Halles district where your guide can give you plenty of recommendations to follow on the topic. That’s a wrap folks!

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