One Evening in Paris

One Evening in Paris

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"Alain Bonnard, the owner of a small art cinema in Paris, is a dyed-in-the-wool nostalgic. In his Cinéma Paradis there are no buckets of popcorn, no XXL coca-colas, no Hollywood blockbusters. Not a good business plan if you want to survive, but Alain holds firm to his principles of quality. He wants to show films that create dreams, and he likes most of the people that come to his cinema. Particularly the enchanting, shy woman in the red coat who turns up every Wednesday in row 17. What could her story be? One evening, Alain plucks up courage and invites the unknown beauty to dinner. The most tender of love stories is just getting under way when something incredible happens: The Cinéma Paradis is going to be the location of Allan Woods' new film Tender Memories of Paris. Sol Avril, the famous American director's favourite actress, has known the cinema since childhood and has got it into her head that she wants the film to be shot there. Alain is totally overwhelmed when he meets her in person. Suddenly, the little cinema and its owner are the focus of public attention, and the red-plush seats are sold out every evening. But the mystery woman Alain has just fallen in love with seems suddenly to have vanished. Is this just coincidence? Alain sets off in search of her and becomes part of a story more delightful than anything the cinema has to offer"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781250043122
Characteristics: 280 p. ; 21 cm.
Subjects: Theaters -- France -- Paris -- Fiction.
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
Dinners and dining -- Fiction.
Missing persons -- Fiction.


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Jan 30, 2018

Picked it up on its premise.
Reads like an old fashioned Hollywood movie: little sex, exotic setting & slow organic pace.
Basic boy meets girl, boy ask girl for a date after 4 months, boy get offer on his cinema in in a movie, girl stop meeting boy on every Wednesday night & boy tries to solve where she is.
Huge payoff by near end of the book.
Book also known as The Secret Paris Cinema Club.

Jul 28, 2016

Absolutely charming novel about lonely theatre owner Alain in Paris who gathers the courage to ask out the woman (Melanie) who attends his theatre every Wednesday night - it's love at first sight for both! But via unknown circumstances further romance is derailed and Alain must search endlessly for Melanie. Meanwhile a Hollywood movie is being filmed in his little theatre.
I treasured every chapter in Nicolas Barreau's novel, not wanting to read too fast to the end. Story should be made into a film. Looking forward to reading his other two books.


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siammarino Jun 09, 2015

A small cinema in Paris showing a festival of love films ends up bringing people together.


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