Title: Le plus vieux cinéma du monde : Eden Théâtre
Publisher: Agathe Rescanières
The world's oldest movie theatre reopens Wednesday october 9 after an
extensive refurbishment in the southern French city of La Ciotat, where
the Lumière brothers screened the very first moving picture of a train
arriving at the local station in 1899.
Over the decades, the Eden served as both a cinema and theatre, and
several French film stars, including Yves Montand and Fernandel,
performed there early in their careers.
But the Eden hit hard times in the 1980s, when the owner was killed by
thieves and the theatre stopped luring the crowds. In the years
following, it opened for only one week each year to host a festival
showcasing early French-language movies.
The Eden Theatre, closed since 1995, has been redone with velvet seats,
yellow paint and refurbished oak floors replacing its orginal carpets
while mosaic tiles now decorate its facade.
Le Plus vieux cinéma du monde : Eden Théâtre follows
the refurbishment of the place throught the eyes of seven photographers.
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