Cinema in Poland turns 100; claims to be oldest in the world

posted by CSWalczak on August 25, 2009 at 7:40 am

SZCZECIN, POLAND — According to its owner, the Kino Pionier in Szczecin, Poland will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year and that it is the oldest operating movie theater in the world.

When the first moving picture was projected on the screen in the Kino Pionier cinema – then called Helios – tickets cost just two pennies and Germany was ruled by an emperor. What is now the Polish city of Szczecin on the Baltic coast was then the German city of Stettin, just an hour’s drive northeast of Berlin.

While Hollywood may now be the film capital of the world, it was there in Szczecin that the very first movie was shown in 1909.

Read more in DW World.

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CSWalczak on August 25, 2009 at 9:23 am

I was aware, though, when I came across this item that the Cinema Lumiere, in Pisa, Italy, also claims the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating cinema in the world, asserting that it started operations in 1905.

scotia122 on September 2, 2009 at 4:13 am

hello all, i have been told that some of my relatives were showing films as early as 1898 to the public……but they were traveling showmen. later my great uncles built cinemas i think they had about
15 plus. one of which was the largest in europe at that time in history. it consisted of 4000+3or4 hundred. the projectors were under the balcony, hence you were looking through the throw on to the screen. i will leave you now. i am nearly 70 now and i was born in a changing or dressing room behind the music hall cum cinema. the name of the film was the great waltz.and guess what i can"t dance a b***dy step frankly my friends i don"t give a damn……harry….

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