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Olympion Movie Theatre

Olympion Movie Theatre is an eclectic building, which shows respect for the architectural history and tradition of the city.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )


    1950 Completed after works resumed, that lasted two years.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1912)


  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)


  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)


  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)


  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)


  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)


  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)


  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)


What I can see

Olympion is the base of Thessaloniki’s film culture. It was designed by architect Jacque Moshé and is identical to Electra Palace that is situated next to it. It consists of the Olympion and Pavlos Zannas screening rooms and two cafes overlooking the Thermaic Gulf. Its construction began shortly after the fire of 1917, in the 1920s, but due to the wars, was completed a few decades later. Olympion is an eclectic building, with Parisian influences, but shows respect for the architectural history and tradition of the city and was part of Ernest Hébrard’s urban plan, which never fully materialized, although a complete version can be seen in the axis of Aristotle Street.

What I can't see

It is the heart of Thessaloniki’s International Film Festival and other smaller film festivals, cultural events and theatrical performances. Some of the biggest names in world cinema have visited it. The exemplary renovation in the 1990s, contributed to its growing reputation abroad.

Info

  • Address: Aristotelous Sq.
  • Postal Code : 54623

Bibliography

Zafeiris Ch., (1997), Θεσσαλονίκης Εγκόλπιον, ιστορία, πολιτισμός, η πόλη σήμερα, γεύσεις, μουσεία, μνημεία, διαδρομές, [Thessaloniki Handbook, history, culture, the city today, flavours, museums, routes], Athens: Exantas

 

Thessaloniki Film Festival Organization, (d.u.), Γενικά για το Ολύμπιον, [About Olympion]

http://www.filmfestival.gr/default.aspx?lang=el-GR&page=588

Last visit 13/10/2014