La Ciotat, birthplace of cinema
The Lumière Brothers (Louis & Auguste), inventors of the Cinematograph in
1985, have stayed at La Ciotat, in their Castle of Clos des Plages. It was
here that “L’arroseur arrosé“, lit. translated to “The Sprinkler Sprinkled” & “Repas de bébé” translated to “Baby’s breakfast” were filmed.
“L’arrivée en gare de la Ciotat“, translated as “The arrival of a train at la Ciotat” was the first ever movie in the history of cinema.
In 2013, the Eden Theatre, oldest cinema in the world, was re-habilitated
for the “Marseille, European Capital of Culture”. In 2019, The Eden
Lumières celebrated 130 years of the Eden Theatre in the presence of Gilles
Trarieux, great-grandson of Louis Lumière, and of Nicolas Pagnol, Marcel’s
The Eden theatre, classified as “Art House Cinema”, was awarded the Repertoire & Heritage, Young Public CNC, and the special mention for Award of the Innovative Audience 2018 of CNC.
The museum of La Ciotat
On the port, at the end of the Quay Ganteaume, you will find the Museum
(built in 1864), an old City Hall with its Pre-Renaissance style. The
museum is all about the city of La Ciotat, its heritage and culture. The
sea, the fishermen, the marine and its shipyards are put in the spotlight
throughout a collection of multiple objects. One of the room also presents
some cinematographic equipment (i.e of the Lumière Brothers, end of XIX
century). You will also be able to step into the whole Ciotaden heritage
during your visit.
The Coppersmith, new theatre in La Ciotat, is made of 2 show rooms and a
hall that sometimes welcomes exhibits. The Michel Simon show room can
welcome 500 guests, and the modulable Antoine de Saint-Exupéry show room
can have up to 100 seats. To know more about la Chaudronnerie( Clic here)