The elegant building of Olympion is located in the city center in one of the most-photographed places in Thessaloniki, Aristotelous Square. It was built in 1919 by the architect J. Mose after the devastating fire of 1917. Later on, during the war, a German fighter plane crashed into the building and destroyed a big part of it.
However, since 1956 it works both as a cinema and a theater. Olympion hosts various activities like festivals, opening ceremonies, conferences and discussions. From a young age I used to go to the theater or watch movies there and later on, as a university student, I would attend the French Film Festival, Ted-x and the International Film and Documentary festival of Thessaloniki. From the balcony of the theater I have seen premieres and I climbed and descended the stairs of the building so many times when I worked there.
I like watching films on the main screen in the wooden velvet seats that give a sense of a bygone era. Recently a friend from abroad, who is a director, visited me and asked me to go and watch a movie in the most beautiful and historic cinema of the city. I didn’t have to think twice about it. Of course, we went to the Olympion, and he loved it.