Discovery course of the Cinematheèque Gnidzaz: audio-guided tour and projection

Cinema - 7th art

All year long 2019

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

14:00 to 18:00

Wednesday, Saturday

10:00 to 12:00

Place : Cinémathèque Gnidzaz Martigues4 Rue Colonel Denfert13500Martigues
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Cinémathèque Gnidzaz Martigues
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Cinémathèque Gnidzaz Martigues4 Rue Colonel Denfert13500Martigues
  • Language of the visit :
    • French


The XIX century is full of ingenious inventions aimed at recreating the illusion of movement and life. After discovering these strange machines, visitors are invited to a moment of projection.From the years 1910, Martigues became a place of filming.

In 2007 prosper Gnidzaz, a passionate film collector, offers the municipality its collection of 2250 reels and 79 projection machines, the oldest of which date from 1880. The city then decided to dedicate a space devoted to the 7th art.The Cinémathèque Gnidzaz was inaugurated in May 2011 in a renovated Chapel dating from the 17th century. On a surface of 260 m2, it proposes to discover the technical evolutions of cinema, from the first animated images to the 3D.

With its 30-seat projection room, it is a place of diffusion, animation and image education. In addition, it is associated with Cinéma Jean Renoir in the context of thematic programming and event actions.

Among twenty projection machines, the museum space offers the following route:

Room 1: the invention of cinemaDiscovery of the chronological route presenting reproductions of thaumatropes, zootropes, cinematographers and other magical lanterns until the arrival of 3D.

Room 2: tribute to the collectorProsper Gnidzaz, a professional pastry chef and a colourful character present in the intimacy of his salon, his passion for cinema.

Room 3: Martigues and his report to the cinemaNumerous excerpts from fiction films and archives allow to discover Martigues between modernization and traditions.
General information
  • Duration :
    • Bewteen 1 and 2 hours
  • Supervised visit :
    • Guide
  • Transportation :
    • On foot
  • By reservation :
    • YES
  • Level :
    • All levels
  • Location :
    • In town


GPS coordinates
Latitude : 43.408204
Longitude : 5.05476