Au Pays du Mont-Blanc, there is one large cinema complex in Sallanches – the Ciné Mont-Blanc, and then a scattering of smaller screens, which have lots of personality! During the summer months, many of the communes screen FREE outdoor films, so be sure to look at Tourist Office agendas for this lovely initiative.
Chamonix’s Cinéma VOX is a bit of an institution. There are VO films to choose from and the venue is also used to host certain events: theatre, talks by guest speakers, shows for children, mountain films, the Chamonix Adventure Festival and other film festivals like CinémAnimation (children’s film festival during the Toussaint holidays) . . .
Sallanches’ ten-screened cinema is called the Ciné Mont-Blanc and it is located on the main road that runs from the centre of town towards the motorway for Cluses and Geneva. It shows all the big blockbusters. You won’t find much in VO, but there is plenty of choice for the whole family on a rainy afternoon! There are also 3D films shown here.
On Sundays at 11h,(from December until March), there is a special shorter screening for young viewers, with adapted lighting and sound, called: Cinékids.
Cinécimes – parents out for a night of cinematic culture might be interested in the evenings of Cinécimes at the Ciné Mont-Blanc; these are screenings of world films and they are organised by the Université Populaire de Sallanches Passy.
*good to know – to avoid the lines to buy cinema tickets, you can book tickets online (but don’t forget to take your e-receipt with you!) / also available is a «cinépass» – a rechargable multi-ticket card (you can also use this for online bookings), offering either 5 (35€), 8 or 12 cinema entrances over a period of 6 months*
address: 561 avenue de Genève, 74700, Sallanches / website: www.cinemontblanc.fr
Cinébus, the mobile cinema in Savoie, puts on a film for children at the Espace Animation, every other Wednesday at 17h30, in the centre of the village. There are also films for adults. See here for listings. The Espace Animation cinema is used to screen films during the film festival CinémAnimation.
Passy – Plateau d’Assy
The Cinéma la Caméra in Plateau d’Assy shows one film every week, usually on Mondays at 20h and it also shows children’s films at 17h30 during the school holidays and during special festivals and events.
address: rue de l’Eglise, 74190, Passy / website;
Saint-Gervais’ cinema is located within the Theatre Montjoie. Saint-Gervais’ wonderful MJC wanted to develop a cinema for the benefit of its young audience and adults alike; they did this with benevolent funds. You will find a selection of films to enjoy as a family, as well as some interesting international films. Weekly screenings are every Thursday at 20h30 and there are additional screenings during the school holidays.
address: Théatre Montjoie, passage Rochefort, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains / tel: 04 50 18 74 34 / website for listings;
Megève has ONE seasonal cinemas: the Panoramic (the Rochebrune has now shut down permanently). The small Panoramic cinema has room for 290 viewers and a 3D screen, and is open during the summer and winter seasons, with screenings at 17h30, 21h and an extra screening at 14h30 on snowy days! / address: 90 route Crête du Midi, 74120, Megève / website: see here;