Everyone has seen it on the big screen but no one has used it since 1939: the Porte des Lilas Metro Station is a “ghost” station closed to the public but popular with directors who use it to breathe life into their films.

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Ambiance of the Paris metro

Every day, thousands of travelers pass through the Porte des Lilacs station without suspecting that behind a gray door hides another station, a real cinema set where an average of 5 films are shot a year. Sophie Marceau as a member of the resistance pointing a gun at an SS official in “Les femmes de l’ombre”, Meryl Streep borrowing a 1960s train in “Julie et Julia”, or Mathieu Kassovitz picking up fragments of identity photos in “Le fabulous destiny of Amélie Poulain“: all these scenes were shot there. Thus, while users travel without worrying about anything, a film sequence is sometimes shot in the metro next to them !

From 15,000 euros per day

The Porte des Lilas-cinema station can be rented by the day and several days in a row. It is sought after for its comfort, and has the advantage of being personifiable according to the desires of the scriptwriters.

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