Wonderfully incongruous in its bourgeois neighborhood, La Pagode is the most charming movie theater in Paris. The founder of the Bon Marché built it in 1896 as a gift for his wife, with ornamentation he imported from Japan. Choose a movie showing in the Salle Japonaise, and one that's "version originale" (with an English soundtrack for American and English movies). Other great art houses include L'Arlequin, where Jacques Tati used to show films, and Studio 28, where Buñuel premiered L'Âge d'Or in 1930. French speakers should check out the classical drama at the august Comédie- Française, founded by Louis XIV, as well as the program at the beautiful Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe, which occasionally does English productions. At the alluringly shabby Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, director Peter Brooks puts on fascinating avant-garde productions.
La Pagode, 57 Rue de Babylone; 7th; 01-45-55-48-48
L'Arlequin, 76 Rue de Rennes; 6th; 01-45-44-28-80
Studio 28, 10 Rue Tholozé;18th; 01-46-06-36-07
Comédie-Française, 2 Rue de Richelieu; 1st; 01-44-58-15-15
Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe, 1 Place Paul-Claudel; 6th; 01-44-41-36-36
Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, 37 bis Boulevard de la Chapelle; 10th; 01-46-07-34-50