Filmmuseum of Iran



The Filmmuseum of Iran is located in a beautiful palace with a nice garden (Bagh-e Ferdows). These were once the home of a prince from the Ghajar dynasty.
After the Islamic revolution of Iran in 1979, it became the property of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and served as a Training Center for Filmmaking for several years. Mohsen Makhmalbaf used it as a location for his SALAAM CINEMA(1995).
 
The establishment of the Filmmuseum of Iran was supported by the City of Tehran (the Cultural Spaces Development Company), with help of individual filmmakers as Abbas Kiarostami, Ezatollah Entezami and many others. The first intentions were drafted in 1994, it took four years before a provisory building was opened in Pirnia alley (Lalehzar Street). Again four years later, the Filmmuseum was moved to its current location and reopened in September 2002.
 
The big rooms of the imposing villa contains a nice exhibition which shows many photos, posters, filmclips and other memorabilia of the history of Iranian cinema. Especially the first room about the pioneer years of the Armenian entrepeneurs are fascinating.
The Filmmuseum contains also an archive with some 1000 films, 400 trailers, screenplays, documents, photos and equipment.
 
In the evening there are film screenings scheduled in a beautiful 121 seat cinema. The program consists mostly of subtitled recent Iranian films which are simultaneously shown in the cinemas in the centre of the city. However, the two teahouses on the premises seems to be more popular than the screenings.
In the neighbourhood many restoration projects were in progress (summer 2010). More information about the building and the garden of the Filmmuseum of Iran is available at:
www.cinemamuseum.ir/en/Content.aspx?ID=About.
 
The Cinematheque of Tehran was located at the Museum of Contemporary Art and offered for years an impressive program.
In November 2008 the Mellat Cinema Complex was opened, containing also a 30 seat Cinematheque.