Located in the small town of Sillian, close to the border with Italy, the Grenzlichtspiele Sillian is currently the most important film museum in the Tyrol.
How the magic began
There is a small place in East Tyrol where time seems to stand still. A place where memory finally plays a central role, where film history is celebrated every day, where, for more than half a century, viewers of all ages have come together to dream and share many new experiences on the big screen. We are talking about the Grenzlichtspiele Sillian, an old cinema that was active from 1936 to 1989, inside which there is currently a small film museum, opened in June 2021.
Located in the small town of Sillian, close to the border with Italy, the Grenzlichtspiele Sillian takes its name ‘Lichtspiele’ in reference to real ‘light games’, as the first projection techniques were initially called. And it is precisely the origins of cinema that are put under the spotlight in this small and precious museum, so that all visitors can fully understand the mechanisms that made the seventh art great at the beginning of the last century.
Old projectors, film editing tables, but also original posters and many, many vintage photographs. Organised by Gernot Vinatzer, the museum inside the Grenzlichtspiele Sillian is currently the most important museum dedicated to cinema in the Tyrol, a magical place on the border between two countries (Austria and Italy, in fact) organised in three different sections – Photo, Film, Kino – in a small 50 m² room.
In short: a true immersion in film history in a little gem of the Tyrol. And at a time when more and more cinemas are closing for good, it is always good to see how the desire for cinema, in spite of everything, is still alive and pulsating and how these cinemas are ready for change in order to keep the focus on the seventh art. The Grenzlichtspiele Sillian is one of these realities. An essential destination for anyone who has the opportunity to spend a few pleasant days in East Tyrol.