Located in the Seine-Saint-Denis region in the north of the French capital, the cinema city imagined by Luc Besson is a transit point for European cinema. Since its creation in 2012, the city has established itself as a veritable crossroads of cinematographic productions. Located at 20 Ampère Street in Saint Denis, it includes various trades like cinematographic students.
The city also has its own filming facilities such as studios. It took Luc Besson more than a decade to update this infrastructure, with the help of a few financial partners from the film industry. In its design, the whole has several spaces usable for different events. The mezzanine can host events or cocktails for up to 500 people or meals up to 380 people.
The Nef, which is a large, exceptional building, can host exceptional events such as fashion shows, openings of exhibitions or social evenings. The restaurant of the city is also a place of gastronomy. The room can accommodate large dinners or a gourmet gala.
As a cinema city, the building has an auditorium capable of accommodating 430 guests. The screen rivals those in the Hollywood theatres, not to mention the VIP rooms and changing rooms. There is also a car park in the city. It should be noted that since its creation, the city has already organized several major events like "The Tribes Festival" in 2014 or "When motor sports meet the cinema" in 2016.
The Citroën Conservatory Museum
Brief presentation of the museum
The Citroën Conservatory Museum is located within the PSA factory in Aulnay-sous-Bois. Established in a 6,500 m² building, the Museum has around 400 vehicles. The latter are divided into 4 categories: from 1919 to the present day, style studies, rally and competition department, and collectibles. In addition, the pieces are classified by thematic islands: sports, adventure, utilities, unusual vehicles, concept cars and prototypes.
It is also important to note that the Citroën Conservatory Museum has some vintage cars such as 2CV, Traction, DS, SM, Citroën autochangeres of the first crossing of the desert or the ZX Rallye Raid victories of Paris-Dakar. All these collections represent the two copies taken by the brand at each production.
Some useful information for visitors
The documents and archives that record the evolution of the Citroën brand are also kept in the Museum. It is therefore possible to find papers that relate the registration registers, the sketches or the plans of the Citroën design offices. Information brochures are available as posters, newsletters and magazines, or press kits. Visitors should be able to obtain copies of these documents.
Guided tours are offered from Monday to Friday: either in the morning at 9:30 or in the afternoon at 13:30. However, these visits are made by appointment and follow the booking schedule. The site hosts about 5000 visitors per year. They are carefully selected by the brand. These visitors are generally collectors or associations of enthusiasts of the Citroën brand. Very often, the latter also opens its doors to journalists and the media.
The Villepinte Exhibitions Center
The park in figures
The Villepinte Exhibition Park opened its doors in December 1982. This impressive infrastructure is the work of the Société Immobilière du Palais des Congrès. The main architect responsible for the project is François Régis Pelletrat. Spread over more than 134ha, the park is made up of several buildings intended to host large salons and exhibitions, whether at national or international level. Located in the town of Villepinte, it has 9 exhibitions halls for an exhibition area of 242,200 m².
What ranks it in the first rank of the exhibition rooms of France in front of the Porte de Versailles in Paris. The park is also in the 6th place of exhibition areas in Europe with millions of visitors each year. Led by Virapis, the park has already received more than 407 exhibitions and 1013 congresses. It is important to note that the Villepinte Exhibition.
What ranks it in the first rank of the exhibition rooms of France in front of the Porte de Versailles in Paris. The park is also in the 6th place of exhibition areas in Europe with millions of visitors each year. Led by Virapis, the park has already received more than 407 exhibitions and 1013 congresses. It is important to note that the Villepinte Exhibition Park was created under the impulsion and direction of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
At its beginning in 1982, the park was only 70,000 m². Each hall has different dimensions and is intended for different events such as cultural conventions, political meetings or religious meetings.
The specificity of the Villepinte Exhibition Center lies in the fact that it has a large glass reception gallery several hundred meters long that gives access to conference centers and exhibition halls. In addition, the park has 42 meeting rooms, 2 amphitheatres of 170 and 630 seats. It has 20 restaurants and 22 bars. There is ample parking available for guests. It is important to emphasize that the park is constantly changing and evolving. The current owners expect to expand the total space up to 350,000 m² within a few years.
How to get from Orly Airport to Seine Saint Denis department (93) by car
The distance between Orly airport and 93 department is 37.5 km. This journey takes about 55 minutes. Turn left onto Leclerc Avenue and continue on 1.2 km. The car in La Courneuve arrives in less than 5 minutes. Afterwards, turn left after Paul Vaillant-Couturier Avenue. It takes about 25 minutes on the A86 (île-de-France surrounding) to enter Vitry-sur-Seine. The driver will take exit 24 and enter Choisy-le-Roi after driving on 500 m. You then have to turn left at the Stalingard Avenue and enter Thiais. Continuing the road for 2 to 3 kilometers, the shuttle arrives in Orly. It is however necessary to reach the roundabout Square Paul Langevin and continue straight on Marcel Cachin Avenue. While walking this route, the car passes through Villeneuve-le-Roi and Athis-Mons. Once you enter the town of Paray-Vieille-Poste, you just have to enter the Tunnel of Orly to reach the airport.