MuseumsCinema Museum

The museum of cinema - a section of NUCU (National Union of Cinematography) is located on the Odessa film studio, in a historic mansion. Before the revolution, it belonged to Demidovoy – San-Donato.

With more than 10,000 works on display, the museum is a testimony to the history and cinematic activity in Odessa. Here you can find historic materials, from the invention of cinema, to the postmodern, digital and avant garde.

A popular attraction, measuring 28 square metres, in one room – explores the invention of the cinema (two years prior to the Brothers Lumiere!).

These films, by Joseph Timchenko, were produced for a survey and demonstration of FMV, and are the first in the Odessa film studios of «Mirograf», «Mizrakh», Borisova, Kharitonova and others. The Odessa film studio produced feature films until 1941, when the Soviet Union entered the Second World War.

The shelves are filled to the ceiling with rarities and artifacts.

The Museum of the Cinema is continuously studying and cataloguing new material. Its archives include:

  • Rare literature: books, newspapers, magazines about the cinema from 1900
  • Personal paraphernalia of the first heads of the Odessa studio - Michael Kapchinsky, Lazarus Polyak, Gennady Zbandut, producers of the studio of Alexander Dovzhenko, Ivan Kavaleridze, George Tasin, Kira Muratova, Michael Kac, Radomir Vasilevsky.
  • Personal paraphernalia of the actors of Amvrosiya Buchma - Vera Kholodnaya, Vladimir Vysocky, Yaroslav Lupiya, Vilen Novak, Vadim Kostromenko and others.
  • Cinematographic equipment: unique apparatus which ADovzhenko worked on
  • survey and sound-recording devices, lighting, assembling adaptations, film projectors and other.
  • Dossiers on every rental and television film, taken off the studios from 1954, consisting of literary, producer scenarios, assembly records of films, complete sets of publicity pictures, and press reviews.
  • Sketches of sceneries and suits on all films from post-war years.
  • Raising projects to the films (147 albums).
  • Castings (96 albums).
  • Card index of actors, recorded on the Odessa film studio.
  • Photos of all who worked and are still working on the studio - producers, operators, sound engineers, artists etc.
  • Audio of the most interesting events (a film festival «Golden Dyuk» etc.).
  • Video films and videotape recordings of flashbacks, movies of the studio on 16-mm tape and video transmitters.
  • Memoirs of studio workers - published and unpublished.
  • A musical library with autographs of the composers, writing for a studio.
  • Placards to the films of the Odessa film studio.
  • Prizes and rewards to the studio films.
  • Collection of marks, envelopes, devoted cinemas.
  • Informative-methodical materials on different historical epochs: suits are both civil and military - signs of distinction of different armies, transport, cars, notes, models etc.

In the Museum they provide students and high school students with an individual advisory work in writing essays on the history of cinema and the development of culture in our city.

Prepared and published an annotated illustrated catalog of films shot in Odessa during the period from 1917 to 2004. 

The museum is often visited by film critics and film historians from England , Belgium, Germany, Israel , Italy, Poland, the USA , Japan, Hungary, Canada , and France.

Museum collaborates with the channel "Culture" of Kiev and Moscow, with all the major broadcasters in Odessa . Many of their programs are based on the materials of the Museum . Odessa newspapers highlight the work of the Museum.

Because of limited space museum can not take the big tour groups . Individual visits are possible at a pre-agreed time and timely ordered badge.