Eden Theatre — The Oldest Cinema in the World (La Ciotat)


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Eden Theatre — The Oldest Cinema in the World (La Ciotat)

The Eden Theatre opened in June 1889 as a theatre and music hall but also played host to boxing and Greco-Roman wrestling, opera performances, and concerts. It is recognised as the world's first public cinema, and it remains the oldest functioning one. In 1982, it closed after its proprietor was killed in a robbery. However, it re-opened once a year for a week to organise small film festivals, until it eventually closed down in 1995 and fell into disrepair. In 2013, when Marseille was declared the European Capital of Culture, the theatre underwent a €6.5m renovation, returning it to its former glory. It's a must-visit in the region — not only to enjoy the movies and the festivals but also because of its remarkable long history.

Do & See

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