The Renovation of La Ciotat’s Eden Theater : a New Lease on Life for the World’s Oldest Cinema

The Eden Theater, the cinema that hosted projections by the Lumière Brothers, has been renovated as part of the Marseille-Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture year. An architectural gem on the seafront, it began welcoming film lovers again at the beginning of October.
By Angélique Jurquet

Almost twenty years after closing down, the Eden cinema in La Ciotat reopened its doors on October 9. An architectural gem, located on the waterfront, it would have been demolished more than once if it hadn’t hosted, on March 21 1899, the Lumière brothers mythic projection. In fact, many of their films were shot nearby.

Equally a theatre, the Eden Theater, with its 166 red velvet seats, has also witnessed the beginning of many careers including that of Fernandel, Yves Montand and Edith Piaf. In the end it was due to financial reasons that the cinema closed in 1983, only reopening briefly for a festival, before closing for good in 1995 for security reasons.

Thanks to the Marseille-Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture year, the Eden can enjoy a new lease on life with a remarkable renovation costing a total of 6 million euros. For its inaugural evening, in presence of the actress Nathalie Baye, restored copies of films by the Lumière brothers were screened followed by extracts from Olivier Dahan’s next film about Grace of Monaco, and the new Polanski, ‘Venus in Furs.’ Henceforth the Eden has fine cinematic moments to look forward to.

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The Renovation of La Ciotat’s Eden Theater : a New Lease of Life for the World’s Oldest Cinema
The Renovation of La Ciotat’s Eden Theater : a New Lease of Life for the World’s Oldest Cinema
Almost twenty years after closing down, the Eden cinema in La Ciotat reopened its doors on October 9.
Photography : L'Eden-Théâtre
The Renovation of La Ciotat’s Eden Theater : a New Lease of Life for the World’s Oldest Cinema
The Renovation of La Ciotat’s Eden Theater : a New Lease of Life for the World’s Oldest Cinema
Thanks to the Marseille-Provence 2013, European Capital of Culture year, the Eden can enjoy a new lease on life with a remarkable renovation costing a total of 6 million euros.
Photography : L'Eden-Théâtre
The Renovation of La Ciotat’s Eden Theater : a New Lease of Life for the World’s Oldest Cinema
The Renovation of La Ciotat’s Eden Theater : a New Lease of Life for the World’s Oldest Cinema
Eden-Theatre by night...
Photography : Eden-Théâtre

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