Every evening during the Cannes Film Festival 2015, there is an open-air cinema open to the public that screens out-of-competition films and Cannes Classics.
Where to find Cinéma de la Plage
To locate it, head to Plage Macé, the beach beside the Palais des Festivals and opposite the Majestic Barriere Hotel. You can’t miss the gigantic film screen on the beach!
Cinéma de la Plage 2015 schedule
Screenings are listed as starting at 9pm but usually commence from 9.30pm nightly. The Cinéma de la Plage is popular so show up early. I did hear press rumblings about Jurassic Park in 3D, but nothing is confirmed for that. Here is the official schedule:
Thursday 14 May at 9pm
LE GRAND BLOND AVEC UNE CHASSURE NOIRE by Yves Robert (1972, duration 1hour 30minutes)
Friday 15 May at 9pm
RAN by Akira Kurosawa (1985, duration 2hours 42minutes)
Saturday 16 May at 9pm
HOTEL DU NORD by Marcel Carné (1938, duration 1hour 35minutes)
Sunday 17 May at 9pm
IVAN THE TERRIBLE 1 & 2 by Sergueï Eisenstein (1944, 1hour 40minutes and 1945, 1hour 26minutes)
JOE HILL by Bo Widerberg (1971, 1hour 50minutes)
Wednesday 20 May at 9pm
TERMINATOR by James Cameron (1984, 1hour 48minutes)
Thursday 21 May at 9pm
APOLLO 13 by Ron Howard (1995, duration 2hours 20minutes)
Friday 22 May at 9pm
HIBERNATUS by Edouard Molinaro (1969, 1hour 40minutes)
Saturday 23 May at 9pm
THE USUAL SUSPECTS by Bryan Singer (1995, 1hour 46minutes)
Access Riviera’s other tips
The Cannes Office du Tourisme recommends you reserve in advance, but it’s not necessary, entrance is free and you don’t have to show a physical ticket.
If you want one of the deckchairs, show up early (many people arrive before 7pm). The front rows are often reserved for film industry execs and sometimes you’ll see a Hollywood star (in 2014, I spotted Adrian Grenier from Entourage, Quentin Tarantino, John Travolta and Uma Thurman who showed up for Pulp Fiction). Keep your eyes open for surprise guests – my pick is you may see Benicio del Toro at the Usual Suspects screening as he may be in town as he acts in 2015 competition film ‘Sicario’. If you miss out on a deckchair, there is plenty of room on the right-hand side of the screen on the sand so take a picnic blanket.
It may be warm and sunny during the day, but Plage Macé can get chilly at night especially if there is a mistral blowing. Take warm clothes.
There are no food facilities, but you are able to take a picnic. We have taken a bottle of wine before also with no problems; please respect the environment and take all your rubbish away with you.
The nearest public toilets are located on the Croisette just past the children’s play ground, they are usually open late during the Cinéma de la Plage screenings.
I hope to see you there with your feet in the sand!