Spend Time at the Cinema Museum in Thessaloniki

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Second in size and population only to Athens,Thessaloniki, as a whole, is one of the most interesting cities in all of Greece. It is also one of those places where there is a distinct feeling that the older parts of Greece exist together with the new ones. On the one hand, you can easily visit the historical sites here. On the other, you can also enjoy the modern culture of Greece, as well. The Cinema Museum is one of those modern gems that is definitely worth a visit since it celebrates modern Greek film. Here’s more information:

About the Cinema Museum

The Cinema Museum in Thessaloniki, Greece is a journey through the history of Greek cinema. Since its founding in 1995, the cinema museum’s mission has been to preserve and exhibit items related to the history and entire life of Greek cinema. All sorts of machinery are showcased in the museum, including cameras, projection machines, older equipment, cinema film developing tanks, sub-titling machines, and more. The museum also boasts an immense cinema archive, almost two thousand full films, huge hand-produced posters, and countless LP’s and CD’s featuring the backing music from every cinema film to ever circulate before 1995. Thessaloniki’s Cinema Museum had something for every film fan. It is also great for the whole family!

Getting to the Cinema Museum

Thessaloniki, also known as Thessalonica or Salonica, is located in Central Macedonia, Greece. The city is, in fact, the capital of Macedonia and the second-largest city in Greece. The Thessaloniki Museum of Cinema is just minutes away from the heart and center of Thessaloniki, Aristotelous Square. At the very end of the city’s coastal avenue, Thessaloniki’s Museum of Cinema is housed in the first listed warehouse on quay 1 in the harbor of the Thessaloniki port. The Cinema Museum is one of Thessaloniki’s most popular attractions and, by far, the easiest to reach by anyone visiting the city.

Why Visit the Cinema Museum

Today, the Cinema Museum has become part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, one of Southeast Europe’s largest and only showcases for new, emerging film makers. The museum’s cinema archive offers visitors tons of information about the cinema in Greece, starting from the year 1985 and on up into present day. This massive archive also includes information regarding film festivals, public showings in Greece, and biographical details about Greek actors and directors. Complete coverage of the previous time period, between 1926 and 1985 is now close to completion.

What to Do at the Cinema Museum

You’ll want to enjoy all the exhibits while at this museum and you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to enjoy it all. To see more of the museum and learn more about each display, consider taking an organized tour, which are typically given by the staff at  the Cinema Museum. Visitors are guided through the museum’s many exhibits then shown bits and pieces of Greek film in a small room catered for cinema. Since the museum started by exhibiting only a small collection from Thessaloniki cinematographer, Nikos Bililis, it has vastly expanded, giving every enthusiast, researcher and quiet observer plenty to do and experience.

The Museum of Cinema is a must-see for any traveling film enthusiast. Even fans of cinema outside of Greece can appreciate the humble beginnings of Greek film and the like.  The museum’s many exhibits and archives are constantly expanding to include a better glimpse into the past, as well as modern additions to Greek cinema. This is something you won’t want to miss!

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