L'Idéal Cinéma Jacques Tati is a movie theater in Aniche, France, and is claimed to be the oldest active public movie theater in the world. The building was originally constructed for La Chambre Syndicale des Verriers , and inaugurated as the local headquarters of the General Confederation of Labour on 26 January 1902. The theater's first public film performance took place on 23 November 1905. Since then, the building has been renovated several times.
At the turn of the 20th century, Aniche was a town with a population of about 8000 that was centered around the coal and glass industry. La Chambre Syndicale des Verriers , which had at its peak about 1800 members, was part of the General Confederation of Labour . In 1900, under the chairmanship of Albert and Paul Gallet Quévy, the union purchased land on Rue de la Pyramide for sixteen thousand francs, for the purpose of constructing a new headquarters and to have a large multi-purpose hall for meetings and events. Construction took place from 1900-01 for L’Hôtel du Syndicat CGT. On 26 January 1902, the building was inaugurated with Charles Adolphe Scelles as mayor. Besides meetings, the hall had its first theater performance on 18 January 1903.
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