Theatre and Cinema

The famous writer and theatre figure Giorgi Eristavi from the 19th century is considered to be the father of modern Georgian theatre. Georgian theater, in which outstanding stars were Kote Mardzhanishvili, Sandro Akhmeteli, Robert Sturua and many others, has had a marked presence in Europe and beyond.

   There are more than thirty theatres in Georgia. In Tbilisi, the most popular are:

  • The Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Z. Paliashvili
  • Shota Rustaveli State Academic Drama Theatre, well-known in the modern theatre world
  • The State Academic Drama Theatre, named after K. Mardzhanishvili
  • The State Music Theatre named after V. Abashidze
  • Griboedov State Russian Drama Theatre

The birth of Georgian cinema began at the start of the 20th century. The first movie was made in the year 1912. Back then nobody realised Georgian films would be acknowledged worldwide.

Georgian film directors such as Eldar Shengelaya ("Sherekilebi"), Giorgi Danelia ("Cheer Up!," "Mimino" and many others), Giorgi Chkheidze ("Pirosmani"), Otar Ioseliani ("Favorites of the Moon" and many others) and Tengiz Abuladze ("The Tree of Wishes") have been awarded international prizes.