No other city in Europe spotlights the cinema like Cannes. On the side-lines of the overwhelming media attention it receives during the Cannes Film Festival in May, the city lives and breathes the lights of the cinema all year round.

Themed tours, the tourist train, murals, cinemas, pop-up museum and plans for a multiplex – the magic of the cinema is universally accessible. Cannes is a city with as much talent as the stars it hosts.

1/ Murals
As part of its program to embellish local neighbourhoods, in 2002 Cannes began commissioning cinema-themed murals. These gigantic wall paintings showcase the icons of the cinema.

2/ The tourist train
The Train du Cinéma takes you along La Croisette or gives you a complete tour of the city via the district of Le Suquet.

3/ Cinemas in Cannes
3 cinemas and the Raimu cinema welcome you all year round to see the very latest releases. The “cannes-cinéma” and “cannes-cinephiles” film lovers’ associations are very dynamic and organize year-round screenings, film aperitifs, themed series and previews.

4/ Multiplex cinema
Designed by the renowned architect Rudy Ricciotti, this ambitious high-tech complex is under construction. It will be the first in Europe to be fully equipped with the Dolby Atmos system and the first in France with Dolby Cinema technology.

5/ The cinema silhouette route
A walk that is great fun for the whole family! Funny Lady, Superman, Lara Croft, Han Solo and Pirates of the Caribbean punctuate a beautiful walk from one silhouette to another. The opportunity to discover the city and have fun too. Every silhouette is a photo opportunity : climb up the steps behind, put your head through the hole and you’ll be transformed into one of your immortal heroes. Allow an hour and a half for the 10 silhouettes.

6/ Chemin des Etoiles
Los Angeles has its “Walk of Fame” on Hollywood Boulevard, Cannes its Chemin des Etoiles in front of the Palais des Festivals in the gardens that surround it. There as here, the stars leave a signature and their handprints. Here as there, they are often the same as La Croisette invites them to leave a part of themselves for posterity.

7/ A very glamorous cinema session
For all film lovers, the Majestic Barrière hotel offers the “Barrière Ciné-Club” on Sunday at 5.30 p.m. A great opportunity to finish the weekend on a glamorous note with a widescreen version. Comfortably seated in a velvet armchair, accompanied by a glass of champagne and a few savoury nibbles, in a room with a starry sky… a magical experience – and an excellent way of rediscovering the cinema and its classics. Also enjoy a visit to one of the five signature suites in the Cannes establishment. (Booking required: 04 92 98 77 03/ €35 PER PERSON)

During the summer season, don’t miss:

8/ Musée Éphémère

Praised by tourists and eagerly anticipated by Côte d’Azur residents as the must event of the summer, the pop-up museum, Musée éphémère, entirely dedicated to the cinema, returns to Cannes for the5th year.
“The exhibition “Il était une fois Sergio Leone” provides an opportunity to enter the world of a genius creator and discover the biographical wellspring of his work […],” Frédéric Bonnaud, Managing Director of La Cinémathèque Française.
From Thursday 11 July to Sunday 25 August – every day from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Hall Méditerranée – Palais des Festivals et des Congrès
Exhibition in partnership with the Cinémathèque Française and the Cineteca di Bologna Foundation.

9/ The “Les Temps Forts du Festival de Cannes” exhibition
Exhibition dedicated to the work of Gilles Traverso with photos of the stars climbing the steps during the last edition of the Cannes Film Festival, as well as fifteen photographic works revisited by four Cannes artists, Richard Ferri-Pisani and the artists of Art Cannes Tatoo: Yo, Spore, Antho Good Time.
From Thursday 11 July to Sunday 25 August – every day from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.

10/ History and cinema guided tours from June to September
Every Friday, at 9.15 am the Palais des Festivals organizes guided tours “Cannes, a red carpet stepping back in time” in French and English which reveals all the secrets of the capital of cinema. €6 per person, free for under 16s –
On sale at the ticket office -Tel: 04 92 99 84 22