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The Oldest Movie Theatres Of All Time

Humans have always enjoyed going to the theatre and have remained one of the oldest forms of entertainment in the world.

Both the ancient Greeks and the Romans had their own theatres, and it was a kind of entertainment that quickly spread across the rest of the world, leading up to the famous Broadway theatres that became known across the planet.

After that, film took over the entertainment industry, and became one of the primary methods for most people to enjoy a Friday or Saturday night. It didn’t take long for a number of theatres around the world to earn a name for themselves, and many of them have remained popular to this day.

Here we will look at some of the very oldest movie theatres that are still around to this day.

Kino Pionier

Found in Szczecin, Poland, the Kino Pionier currently holds the Guinness World Record for being the oldest cinema in history. It first opened its doors in 1909, when it was originally known as the Helios Cinema, in a part of the world that was once known as Stettin.

Even today, anyone visiting the theatre will find that a selection of vintage armchairs, and many of the films played at the cinema are classic. They are also often shown in their original language of production of Polish, meaning that people visiting the theatre get to enjoy the movies as they were when they were originally released.

Plaza 1907 Cinema

The Plaza 1907 Cinema often makes the claim that it is the first purpose built movie theatre in the world, and there is a fair amount of truth in the claim. Where many other cinemas were simply repurposed traditional theatres that were already in existence, the Plaza 1907 Cinema theatre was built to show movies as they were becoming more popular the time.

It was first named the Bijou but would later be called Crystal in 1910. In 1935, it received another name changed, where it would be given its current title, and it’s one that has stuck since.

Cinema Eden Theatre

While most of the other entries on this listed opened their doors during the early 1900s, Cinema Eden Theatre instead began production many years before in 1899 at a time when theatrical entertainment within Southern France was beginning to take off. It contains a 25000-seat theatre room that continues to show films to this day.

As more physical cinemas around the world are struggling to keep their doors open due to other forms of popular entertainment such as that offered on, there’s been a major focus on Cinema Eden Theatre, as its widely considered by many to be the birthplace of independent movie showings. The Lumiere brothers were the ones that selected the first films that were shown when the cinema opened up to the public.

This cinema is so old, in fact, that it opened over a week before the Eiffel Tower’s construction was complete and was available to the public for the first time on the 31st of March 1899.

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