La Géode

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Coordinates: 48°53′40″N 02°23′19″E / 48.89444°N 2.38861°E / 48.89444; 2.38861 La Géode is a mirror-finished geodesic dome that holds an Omnimax theatre in Parc de la Villette at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie (City of Science and Industry) in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, France.

The nearest Paris Métro stations to La Géode are Corentin Cariou on Line 7 and Porte de Pantin on Line 5.


La Géode was designed by architect Adrien Fainsilber and engineer Gérard Chamayou. The geodesic dome is 36 metres (118 ft) in diameter, composed of 6,433 polished stainless steel equilateral triangles that form the sphere that reflects the sky.[1] These triangles are 1.5 meters long and are fixed on a thin metal frame with the same triangular geodesic structure, consisting of 2,580 steel tube bars.[2] The dome stands on a reinforced concrete base, which is attached to Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, the largest science museum in Europe. La Géode officially opened on May 6, 1985. After a similar venue located in La Défense closed in 2001, La Géode became the only spherical building in the Île-de-France region of France.

Before the name "Géode" was selected, other names were proposed, including humorous suggestions such as "Bouboule", "Irma", "Minouchette", "Double Zéro", and "Zézette".[3]


Movies are projected in IMAX format on a giant hemispherical screen that covers 1,000 square metres (11,000 sq ft). The auditorium is fitted with a 12-point sound system with four large subwoofers that deliver 21,000 watts in surround sound designed by Cabasse. The IMAX films, presented in high definition and Géode 3D-relief, feature science, nature, and travel documentaries, short and long feature-length films, and high definition animated subjects.[4] It also presents satellite concert events, including live broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera from New York City.

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  1. ^ Nicolas Janberg's Structurae, La Géode, construction details
  2. ^ "La Geode Imax Cinema, Paris". Paris Digest. 2018. Retrieved 2018-08-06. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Reportage d'Antenne 2, 25 juin 1986
  4. ^ Northeast Paris Tourism, La Géode - movie theatre


  • Gérard Chamayou, La Géode, sa sphère miroir, in: Le Paris des Centraliens, pp. 98–102.
  • Armelle Lavalou (2000), La Villette, Paris: Éditions du Patrimoine, ISBN 2858226113
  • Jean Marie Pérouse de Montclos (1994), Le guide du Patrimoine: Paris, Ministère de la Culture, Paris: Hachette, ISBN 2010168127

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