3 QUESTIONS TO JEAN-MARC PARIS, PRESIDENT OF ECOCINÉ VERDON, CO-PRODUCER OF THE FILM VERDON SECRET 3D
How did you get the idea to start this project?
The idea of creating Ecociné Verdon was born in 1995. While visiting the Grand Canyon of Colorado, I discovered an Imax cinema with a film on a giant screen. As a mountaineer and film enthusiast, I immediately thought of doing the same thing in France. Indeed, the Verdon canyon may not be the biggest canyon in the world, but it’s the most beautiful! Moreover, this area has a history and heritage that is still unknown!
What does Ecociné Verdon consist of?
Discover the Verdon in 3D and on a giant screen! The film “Verdon Secret” retraces the exploration of the Gorges du Verdon in 1905 by Alfred Martel and Isidore Blanc. This “general public” adventure film is the pretext to discover this grandiose site, its history and its heritage. Indeed, most people when they visit these places see less than 10% of what there is to discover. “Verdon Secret” brings a new look at the Verdon canyon! Ecociné Verdon offers you to prolong the adventure with a wide choice of excursions for families and groups with four themes: nature, relaxation, flavours and culture. All the activities proposed by our local partners have one thing in common: they allow you to meet passionate people like us and to discover the secrets of the Verdon.
Why did you choose Gréoux-les-Bains?
We considered several locations. We have always wanted to build this project with local actors. This is what led us to work together with the Regional Natural Park, the commune of Gréoux-les-Bains and the DLVA (Durance Luberon Verdon Agglomeration). Gréoux-les-Bains is positioned as a key to the Parc Naturel Régional du Verdon. Ecociné Verdon donates 1% of the film’s turnover to the Parc Naturel Régional du Verdon to enable the development and safety of the main sites of the canyon.
ECOCINÉ VERDON, LE CINÉMA GRANDEUR NATURE
Ecociné Verdon offers a wide choice of films in its two comfortable, air-conditioned theatres. (accessible to people with reduced mobility).
Verdon Secret: the film is visible all year round in 3D and on a giant screen: breathtaking images!
At the reception of the cinema, an excursion guide is offered to you to discover “life-size” the exceptional site of the lakes and gorges of the Verdon.
Most of the activities we propose in addition to the cinema are for everyone and are grouped around 4 themes: taste, nature, relaxation and culture.
Eventually, the map “discover the most beautiful places of the Verdon Secret film” invites you to go to the film’s locations with 15 hikes’ ideas for everyone. You can purchase it in our online shop.
The Verdon Regional Nature Park was founded around the magnificent site of the Verdon Gorge. Covering nearly 180,000 ha, it involves some 45 communes, including 25 in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and 20 in the Var. It stretches from the Valensole plateau to the Var high country and from the Artuby area to the pre-Alpine massifs of Montdenier and Canjuers. The roads along the gorges offer breathtaking landscapes. However, the most beautiful sites are not visible from the road...
Located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region, Gréoux-les-Bains is a Provencal village with many facets. Described by Jean Giono as "the romantic oasis of the Verdon", this tourist town is the 3rd largest spa resort in France. It has been renowned since antiquity for the benefits of its waters. Gréoux-les-Bains surprises by its architecture which links the old centre to the troglodytic baths, creating a harmonious living environment. At the gateway to the Gorges du Verdon, Gréoux-les-Bains is the ideal starting point for discovering the Verdon Regional Nature Park, a remarkable natural area, conducive to outdoor activities.