World’s oldest cinema reopens

posted by Michael Zoldessy on October 17, 2013 at 10:50 am

LA CIOTAT, FRANCE — Home of the first presentations of early films by the Lumiere Brtohers, the Eden Theatre has reopened following extensive renovations. Opening in 1889, the building hasn’t had consistent usage in over thirty years. The theatre will now house a permanent exhibition to these pioneers of film along with regular film screenings.

Read more in the Guardian.

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Comments (2)

bigjoe59 on October 17, 2013 at 1:36 pm


from reading the intro on the theaters CT’s page and reading the Guardian article i am unsure about a)if the Eden was built from the ground up as a cinema or b)it was an already exiting theater building that was used by the Lumiere Bros. to exhibit their films. if its b) that what is the world’s oldest still existing cinema build from the ground up as a cinema?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 18, 2013 at 9:22 am

I would say that the Eden Theatre was most likely a pre-existing live theatre. The Lumiere Brothers were not screening their films in purpose built cinemas, they were to follow later.

In the United Kingdom, the earliest purpose-built cinema is the Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton which opened 22nd September 1910. It is still operating as a cinema today.

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