France: Eden-Théâtre recognized as the oldest cinema in the world in activity

The “Eden-Théâtre” cinema, located in La Ciotat (Bouches-du-Rhône), near Marseille, has just been officially recognized by the Guinness Book as being the oldest cinema in the world still in operation.

The “Eden-Théâtre”, according to this reference guide, which lists and certifies world records, contains the oldest operating cinema in the world.

The association “The lights of Eden”, operator of this cinema which celebrated its 132 years in June, in a press release hailed this recognition.

Michel Cornille, president of the association, was thus pleased that this administrative file, “of more than two years of research, finds its reward”.

Eden was inaugurated on June 15, 1889 in a small Mediterranean port which then had only 12,000 inhabitants (more than 35,000 today) and in its early days hosted theatrical performances, concerts and even boxing sports events or Greco-Roman wrestling, we learn on the site of the establishment.



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