Uránia national movie theater has a very rich history. It was built in the 1890’s, and has had many functions over the years: club (‘orfeum’), travelling comedians’ performance place, scientific theater, and a movie theater. It was renewed in 2002, and since then it operates as an art cinema with two screening rooms.
Contrary to the other, mostly hipster art cinemas in Budapest, Uránia has kind of a mystical aura: the house was built in moorish style, which is an Arabic-Spanish historic style, so it has a hint of an Arabian atmosphere, and this is mixed with the smells and furniture of the Indian cafe in the lobby of the screen rooms.
The screen rooms are quite cosy and small and are like a real theater with velvet-covered movie chairs. The last rows have double chairs for lovebirds. I really love the combination of different places and styles, it always gives a uniqueness to my cinema-experience when I come here.
The other thing I like very much is if I buy a tea in the Indian cafe, I can get a tray and take the mug with me to the movie – not like in other cinemas, where I can only have paper cups with me. The result is a special, slightly elegant, slightly magical cinema experience, hopefully with a great art movie!