Kinoteka is a popular name for the Film Archives of former Yugoslavia. Founded back in 1949, it has worked relentlessly on collecting Yugoslav and other movies and has grown into one of the most important film archives of Europe.
From their immense collection, the good men of Kinoteka choose every day two or three movies for screening. The program is very diverse and for all of us who are not movies fanatics a good deal of what is showing doesn’t mean a great deal. But that is exactly the point here and the reason why I like it! If you don’t mind old movies and have nothing against broadening your horizons, take a pick, buy a ticket and lean back in the dark of their theatre hall. You might be seeing a century old silent movie, Soviet avant-garde, German expressionism, a classic western, often a forgotten masterpiece. Entering Kinoteka’s hall often feels like embarking on a time capsule that will take you on an unforeseen trip.
Currently, Kinoteka has two venues: the legendary old theatre hall in Kosovska 11 and two brand new ones in a shiny renovated building in Uzun Mirkova.
The randomness of quality movies from different eras and places guarantees that Kinoteka is never a bore. Neither are its visitors.
If the program of current mainstream theatres’ isn’t your cup of tea, Kinoteka is just the spot for you.