Cinéma l'Eden

Not to be missed! The mythical Eden cinema – the world's oldest cinema – reopens its doors to celebrate Marseille-Provence 2013!

A voyage into the history and origins of movie making... The itinerary starts at the railway station (immortalized by the Lumière brothers in their film "Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat"). It then heads on to the Lumière brothers' summer residence, the Palais Lumière, where they shot their first films such as "The Waterer Watered", before leading visitors to the Eden Theatre (the venue for the première of their first film) and the Blue Penitents Chapel, dedicated to film-related photo exhibitions. Next stop is the Villa Michel Simon: the summer home of this extraordinary French actor for over 30 years, and future residence of professionals from the film industry.

The Eden's re-found glory will be celebrated in style with a costume ball, concert by Emir Kusturica and giant projection of early colour photos... The cinema will be taking advantage of this new lease of life to instigate an exciting, year-round programme, bringing professional and amateur film lovers together around restored films and festivals.

Highlights include the highly original "Cris du Monde" film festival, which questions the current state of the world through sequence shots filmed on all types of media, plus an independent festival featuring films rejected by the major distributors. Various films and archives retracing the magnificent story of the town's former Shipyards will also be brought back into the limelight: along with the Lumière brothers, it was the ship building industry that hoisted this little Mediterranean port to international fame from the late 19th century onwards.