The Thessaloniki Museum of Cinema is one of the most interesting museums of the city, just a couple of minutes away from Aristotelous Square at the end of the coastal avenue. It is located in a warehouse on the first wharf of the port of Thessaloniki covering an area of 1100m. The museum hosts a great number of several important and rare exhibits some of which have come from private collections. The place is a sanctuary to all the true lovers of cinema. Visitors will have the chance to see how the cinema initially started in Greece, the early first efforts of filming and producing a movie, and of course to learn more about the Golden Era of the 60’s.

Many other objects displayed there will surely impress, from several cameras and projectors originally used in famous movies, film developing tanks, lenses and newsreels to hand crafted posters, LP and CD soundtracks. Last but not least, more than two thousand pictures from hundreds of Greek movies are available. The relaxing atmoshere and the low ticket prices will make your visit even more pleasant. The Museum of Cinema, was set up early in 1995 following a decision by the Organization for Thessaloniki, Cultural Capital of Europe 1997. Today it is part of the Thessaloniki Film Festival with its own management committee. It is housed in Warehouse 1, a listed building on quay 1 in the harbour, at the end of the old sea front near Aristotelous Square. The museum’s mission is to gather, preserve and display as museum exhibits items from the life of the cinema in Greece. Setting up the museum became feasible following the purchase of the cinematography collection of the Thessaloniki cinematographer Nikos Bililis.

Exhibits include machinery, i.e. cine-cameras and projectors, old pieces of cinema equipment and attachments, cinema-film developing tanks, lenses, sub-titling machines etc., celluloid material (films, news reels etc.), photographs from almost two thousand films, gigantic, hand-produced cinema posters, the musical background to all cinema films circulated prior to 1995 on LPs and CDs, and a cinema archive. In the cinema archive visitors and researchers alike can find information about the cinema in Greece from 1985 and on. This includes information about film festivals, public showings of films in Greek cinemas, and biographical data on directors and actors etc. Similar work covering the period from 1926 to 1985 is now approaching completion. The museum provides organized tours and shows excerpts of films in a room specially designed for this purpose.

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