In Paris, a bar-cinema where you can watch a film and have a drink
In Paris the bar-restaurant Les Bobines, which opened in June 2013, contains a miniature cinema room, which clients can enter with their drinks.
The Paris bar-restaurant Les Bobines wanted to recreate the comfort of watching a film at home, while combining it with the friendliness of a bar. That’s why they combined a restaurant, specialised in tapas and other bites, a bar and a cinema room.
Clients who have eaten at the Paris restaurant or shared tapas on the balcony are invited for free to the screening of the day at 10pm. The films shown are usually general audience films released the previous year. Clients are encouraged to watch the film with a glass of wine or champagne, in order to make the most of the relaxing experience offered by Les Bobines.
Clients enjoy being able to go from an aperitif on the balcony to the cinema without having to move, the quality of the cuisine, and the possibility of enjoying a romantic drink or a glass with friends in the film room. One observer on Tripadvisor said: “The ‘restaurant-film’ concept is great: often film screenings clash with meal times, but here you don’t need to starve in order to watch a film, nor spend a fortune on a restaurant and then a film: at the Bobines all you need to do is buy something to be able to watch a film we might have missed when it came out at the cinema.”
The Bobines team is guaranteed to be full until midnight, something that is far from guaranteed in a more classical restaurant. The average bill is also higher as the majority of clients opt for a bottle of wine during their meal, knowing that they will be able to finish it during the film, or allow themselves to be tempted by a final glass before heading into the screening room.
To inform its clients of the weekly programme, the bar mainly uses its website as well as its social media Facebook account. Clients are invited to leave their suggestions for films in the comments section, so that the Bobines programme suits the tastes of its clients.
Les Bobines have also thought of their younger clients: on Saturday lunchtimes, at brunch, the innovative restaurant shows cartoons in the projection room, so that parents can finish their meals in their own time without their children getting bored. An initiative which has helped the place become popular with families.
Practical information: Les Bobines – 84 rue René-Boulanger, 75010 Paris – 01 40 18 48 52