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Thessaloniki Cinema Museum

The Thessaloniki Cinema Museum is housed in the port’s Storehouse A.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )

    1995 Establishment.

    1997 Launch. On the same year, Thessaloniki was the cultural capital of Europe and this coincided with the cinema’s 100th anniversary.

  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

The museum is housed in the port’s Storehouse A, a two-storey building made of local red brick, with iron doors typical of the industrial architecture of the early 20th century. The collection is divided chronologically into sections, that show the evolution of Greek cinema from the early 20th century to the present, and includes texts, objects and visual material (newsreels from 1910 to 1985, machinery, machine parts, photos, a classical film library), a demonstration of a film shoot. At the end of the tour, visitors are treated to a 3D film screening, the first such projection in a Greek museum. The most interesting parts of the museum are: 1) a section devoted to the Manakias brothers, the first filmmakers in the Balkans (1905), who filmed social, political and military events, 2) the establishment of the Film Festival in 1960, 3) the emergence of New Greek Cinema (1971), a new wave of filmmakers that challenged the older generation, 4) the “Hellafi” collection, the only one of its kind worldwide that features hand-drawn billboards from the city’s movie theatres.

What I can't see

Other activities of the museum include research and educational programs, aimed at the study and documentation of everything related to the art of cinema.


  • Address: Port, Storehouse A
  • Postal Code : 54110
  • Τηλέφωνο: +30 2310 508398
  • E-mail:­
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Unsigned, (2012), Μουσείο Κινηματογράφου Θεσσαλονίκης, [Thessaloniki Cinema Museum], Odysseus, Ministry of Culture,

Last visit 10/10/2014

Thessaloniki Cinema Museum, (2009), Αρχική Σελίδα, [Home]

Last visit 10/10/2014

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

Ζafeiris Ch., (2014), Θεσσαλονίκη, η παρουσία των απόντων, η κληρονομιά Ρωμαίων, Μουσουλμάνων, Εβραίων, Ντονμέδων, Φράγκων, Αρμενίων και Σλάβων, [Thessaloniki, the presense of the absent, the heritage of Romans, Muslims, Jews, Doenme, Franks, Armenians and Slavs], Thessaloniki: Epikentro