The Pathé Cinema Foundation

The Jérôme Seydoux Pathé cinema foundation is an amazing place, housed in a beautiful building created by the famous architect Renzo Piano. On top of the building itself, the tour will allow access to research and archive rooms, a temporary exhibition of 1900’s posters, and the permanent collection of movie camera through the ages. At the end, experience a silent movie with live piano in the superb Charles Pathé movie theater!



Pathé cinema Foundation

Practical information

    • Location : 277, avenue des Gobelins (Métro Place d’Italie line 5)
    • Duration : 2h30
    • Walking
    • Private group tour (250€ + museum tickets)

The tour aims at discovering the Jérôme Seydoux Pathé cinema Foundation, the oldest cinema company in the world, founded in 1896! The Foundation was designed for housing all the non film collection of the Pathé film company. Granted with State acknowledgement in 2006, its purpose is to get together, keep and open to researchers all of Pathé company’s historical heritage.

A very impressive brand new building designed by the famous architect Renzo Piano (Pompidou centre, Shard Tower in London…) has come up in the Thirteen district of Paris well hidden behind the narrow front façade sculpted by Rodin himself!
Inside the building, the tour will show and explain an outstanding collection of cameras since cinema was invented. We also find two floors for archives, a library and a research center for teachers, students or anyone interested in cinema. The foundation helps promoting the history of cinema through Pathé’s own history.
The archive collection boasts of rich iconography, prints, movie accessories and advertising material, objects and a library. It also houses a catalogue of 10 000 films, out of which 9000 silent movies.
After a tour of the temporary exhibition, the visit will end in the theater, where a silent movie is shown, with live piano playing throughout.


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