Paris has a number of cinemas featuring mainstream, foreign language and arthouse films. There are over 100 movie theaters to choose from with many options for the local and expat community. English-language films are displayed with "VO" (version originale). Ticket prices are usually about €10 (student discounts and specials on Sunday "séances de matin").
Paris offers a unique nightlife experience with intimate venues and world class experiences. Get ready for a faire la fête (party)!
Oberkampf - Catering to the trendy Parisian crowd (bobos for bohemian-bourgeois),), the Oberkampf district has some of the coolest spots, but can often be overcrowded.
Café Charbon - (109 rue Oberkampf) Reigning hipster favorite
Nouveau Casino - (109 rue Oberkampf) A favorite for concerts, this dance/concert hall features indie rock and electronica.
Grenier - (152 rue Oberkampf) Tiny dive bar with live bands.
Bataclan - (Boulevard Voltaire) Once the pinnacle of hip, this is still a great place for a late night visit.
Montmartre - This hilltop neighborhood specializes in cozy cafés and the world famous Moulin Rouge. The area around rue des Abbesses near the Métro is especially popular. Pigalle is known as Paris's seedy sex center.
Moulin Rouge - (82 Boulevard de Clichy) One cannot talk about Montmartre without mentioning the legendary Moulin Rouge and it's famous can-can.
La Fourmi - (74 Rue des Martyrs) This alternative site is favored among Paris's arty crowd.
Bastille - Overcrowded, intense, and vibrant, Bastille is occupied by 20-somethings looking to party. It contains nightclubs, dive bars, and music venues.
Sans Sanz - (49 rue du Faubourg St. Antoine) This club hits the bordello vibe and features a variety of DJs.
La Balajo - (9 rue de Lappe) Known for it's salsa nights, this large club offers the exotic.
Les marcheurs de planete - (73, Rue de la Roquette) A classic French wine bar has good prices and atmosphere.
Place Vendome and Faubourg St. Honoré - This is the area for the rich and wannabe famous. Excellent people-watching takes place during the day and night with fashionistas and celebrities strutting the streets and the clubs.
The Hemingway Bar - (15 Place Vendome) The world-famous Ritz bar really was frequented by Ernest Hemingway. It's history is on display in this upscale, scholarly environment with elegantly dressed clientele.
Champs-Elysées - This area is best known for it's sights, but there are delights to be found of the nightlife variety. An exclusive atmosphere, this area caters to the visiting throngs. Dress Parisian chic to get in the door.
L'Arc - (12, rue de Presbourg, Paris 75116) This chic night club in the city-centre is the place for Paris's beautiful people. A good place to catch a glimpse of an international celebrity, there is disco, Electro and pop music.
VIP Room - (188 bis, Rue de Rivoli, Paris 75008) A celebrity spotting club, Take That and Madonna have launched albums here. Even the DJs are celebrities here.
Cab - (2, place du Palais Royal, Paris 75001) A sophisticated club only accessible by the Louvre, they host 70s and 80s revivals, modern pop and R&B.
Le Queen - (102 avenue des Champs-Elysees) Gay club in the heart of the city.
Showcase - (Pont Alexandre III, Paris 75007) This unique nightclub is inside an old boat hangar under the Champs Elysées' Alexandre III bridge. It features great views of the Seine.
Jardin des Plantes - In the 5th arrondissement, this area is known for gardens during the day but it's location on the Left Bank is a great place for the lively Montparnasse district.
Batofar - (11, quai François Mauriac, Paris 75013) This club is truly unique in that it is a floating dance floor in the up-and-coming Bibliothèque Nationale quarter. Electro, house, techno and jazz to funk, rock, soul and indie music are all on play.
Marais - This historic area of Paris is a dynamic nightspot with a thriving gay and lesbian scene.
Amnesia - (42 rue Vielle du Temple) Vibrant gay bar mixing disco, funk, and soul.
3W Café - (8 Rue des Ecouffes) A popular lesbian bar, this place has become an institution.
Belleville - The birthplace of the legendary Edith Piaf, this working-class district offers a growing network of bars and clubs. Belleville specializes in the grittier side of nightlife.
La Java - (105 rue Faubourg du Temple) This is the site of Edith Piaf's debut.
Saint-Germain-des-Prés - Tourists and students often gather here. Wile there are many options, prices tend to be higher for the convenience.
Coolin - (15 rue Clement) This Irish bar offers a pub atmosphere and an authentic Irish setting.
Les Etages - (5 Rue de Buci) A low key bar that avoids the tourist trappings of other places in the neighborhood.
For even more options, consult the Vox guide to nightlife.