World’s oldest cinema is still alive and flickering

Gallaud organised the first film showing and the theatre was sometimes called after him

Eden Théâtre is an icon of independent cinema in France

It may be 120 years old next year but the world’s oldest surviving cinema, Cinéma Eden Théâtre at La Ciotat on the Côte d’Azur, is still showing films and attracting audiences, with 25,000 in its red seats last year.

It showed its first films – a selection by the pioneering Lumière brothers – to a paying public on March 21, 1899 and is now an icon of independent cinema in France.

With three cinema groups accounting for 52% of the national market (82% in Paris), ...

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