Behind the Scenes at La Cité du Cinéma

Cité du Cinéma - Saint Denis

  • Type : Guided tour
  • Duration : 1h45

La Cité du Cinéma, created by the director Luc Besson, opens its doors for an unusual and exclusive guided tour. Now a 6 hectare temple of cinema, this former electric power plant, built at the turn of the 20th century, was discovered by Besson in his search for a set for his film "Léon".

Your visit will begin at the heart of the exceptional "Nef": the nave of Eiffel structure measuring over 200m in length and with an 18m high ceiling, where original sets and costumes of films such as "The 5th Element" are on display. Further along your visit you will discover Studios’ Ave., School of cinema, decoration workshops... as well as 1 of the 9 different movie sets (currently out of use) that range from 600 to 2000m² in size!

Your guide will tell you 1001 stories and anecdotes, allowing you to(...)

Grade : CE1, CE2, CM1, CM2, 6ème, 5ème, 4ème, 3ème, 2nde, 1ère, Tle, Tle S, 1ère S.

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Min. billing : 20 per person - Max per group : 30 per person
Adult : €12.50 per person
Child (-10years) : €6.50 per person
Student (-18years) : €9.00 per person

For preferential rates related to age, proof of identity will be required. Access may be refused in case of non compliance with the age limits.

Good to Know

- For artistic or technical reasons, the tour itinerary can be modified on the day of the tour itself.
- The visit does not allow attending a shooting.
- This tour is not recommended for children under the age of 7
- Tour available only on weekdays.


Description Guided tour Cité du Cinéma

La Cité du Cinéma, created by the director Luc Besson, opens its doors for an unusual and exclusive guided tour. Now a 6 hectare temple of cinema, this former electric power plant, built at the turn of the 20th century, was discovered by Besson in his search for a set for his film "Léon".

Your visit will begin at the heart of the exceptional "Nef": the nave of Eiffel structure measuring over 200m in length and with an 18m high ceiling, where original sets and costumes of films such as "The 5th Element" are on display. Further along your visit you will discover Studios’ Ave., School of cinema, decoration workshops... as well as 1 of the 9 different movie sets (currently out of use) that range from 600 to 2000m² in size!

Your guide will tell you 1001 stories and anecdotes, allowing you to understand the different faces of the French film industry shown at La Cité. You will also discover hidden secrets concerning the construction of this site thanks to a film that tracks the evolution of this revolutionary project undertaken by Besson.

Grade : CE1, CE2, CM1, CM2, 6ème, 5ème, 4ème, 3ème, 2nde, 1ère, Tle, Tle S, 1ère S.

Informations Cité du Cinéma

  • Address

    Cité du Cinéma

    20 rue Ampère

    93200 Saint Denis

  • Access

    Metro: Carrefour Pleyel (L13) Stade de France-Saint Denis (RER D)

    Bus: 139 direction Saint Ouen RER

  • Practical information

    Disabled access

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