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Underground Cinema & Urban Exploration  | e-mail post

This is one of the more interesting stories I've read recently. It's about a fairly complete movie theater, bar and restaurant discovered in the caverns beneath Paris. [Guardian UK] What I found really most intriguing was the speed with which it was dismantled after being discovered. Give the story a read.

If you want to go deeper (sorry) into this subject, Infilitration has assembled some good French "urban exploration" links. I thought explographies.com was visually interesting, but doesn't seem to like Firefox (boo), so you should probably use IE if you can. Also, load times were slow when I visited, but your mileage may vary. This site is a little less avant garde, but is a much quicker way to see the content (and works fine in Firefox).

You can also read Murray Battle's experiences in the Paris Underground at the Infilitration site. The whole thing is pretty cool. If the whole urban exploration thing intrigues you, there are a number of sites that discuss it, in both above-ground and subterranean ways. Infiltration's global links section will point you to sites for exploration near you. If you're in the Twin Cities, you should check out the Action Squad.

Also, if you're looking for some good fiction set underground, Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere [softcover] is a great read set among the invisible people who live beneath London.

UPDATE 21-Sept-2004: If you're in the Twin Cities, you might also be interested to know St Paul is surveying it's tunnel system, from the Star-Tribune.

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