English Language Cinema

Love the big screen but put off by the language barrier? Maybe you’re fluent but just can’t bear the dubbed voice overs? Either way, English language cinema is not as rare as you might think in the P-O.

Useful Vocab

VO = version originale (original version- beware, this doesn’t necessarily mean English!)
VOSTF = version originale sous titres français (original version French subtitles)
VF = version française (French version)
A l’affiche
= now showing/what’s on
Les nouvelles sorties
= new releases

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Institut Jean Vigo

The Institut Jean Vigo is a vertiable musuem for the 7th art form. Born from a simple cine-club of passionate film lovers in the 1960s, today the Institute houses one of France’s largest collections of cinematography.

With just one room of around 50 seats, audiences are treated to a uniquely intimate experience. The Institute mostly celebrates the golden oldies but only has two screenings a week, so make sure you check details before turning up.

Open air Tuesdays

Each Tuesday from 13th July to 24th August, the Institut Jean Vigo will host an open air screening at 9.30pm, complete with comfy seats and twinkling stars.

Enjoy family-friendly movies from the 50s to today, with a warm-up act of photos of old Perpignan from their archive collections.

Entry is just 5€ per person and with the gates open from 8pm, you can also enjoy also a vintage market, exhibitions, kids workshops, food trucks and more… so why not make the night of it?

English language films

Tuesday 13th July – An American in Paris (1951, Vincente Minnelli)

Tuesday 27th July – Do the Right Thing (1989, Spike Lee)

Tuesday 3rd August – Bus Stop (1956, Joshua Logan – starring Marilyn Monroe)

Tuesday 24th August – Dr Strangelove (1964, Stanley Kubrick)

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More details here.

The Castillet

As the name suggests, this art-deco cinema is situated at the foot of the Castillet in central Perpignan. Far removed from the vast, impersonal settings of cinema chains, this independent cinema has 7 cosy rooms, big, comfy seats and a wide range of VO films. They hold regular cine-debates, some of which are bi-lingual!

More details here.



Cinémaginaire is an associative project aimed at promoting moving image culture throughout the South of France. Locations include Argelès-sur-Mer, Banyuls-sur-Mer, Cabestany, Elne, Port Vendres, Prats-de-Mollo, Saint Cyprien, Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet and Saint-Laurent-de-Cerdans. They also host pop-up cinema events throughout the year.

More details here.


  1. Wonderful information and thank you for letting us know, we would love to practice or French but occasionally just want to see the good old American movie in English…well, in American, haha.

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