Most people take for granted the places in their city they visit often. I go to cinema Europa so often I consider it my second living room, but each time I watch a movie there, I feel so privileged to have such cinema in my city, my admiration for it has never waned.
It was built in the mid-1920s by the Müller family from Zagreb who wanted to make the most beautifu, modern cinema in the region. It opened under the name Balkan-Palace, but during the 1990s it was renamed into Kino Europa, when the name ”Balkan” became unpopular and language was “cleansed” from anything related to Yugoslavia and Balkan. To this day its main hall remains the most beautiful cinema in Croatia and a temple of independent arthouse repertoire and festivals.
A special treat are the projections of silent classics with live accompaniment by the philharmonic orchestra. From outside, the cinema doesn’t look special (it was built as part of a larger commercial-residential building), but when you enter the main projection hall, you feel as if a time machine’s transported you back to the Roaring 1920s: the red carpets, candelabra, the stucco decorations…
Recently, a smaller ”Müller hall” was made on the first floor in honour of the Müller family (who perished in the Holocaust). It has only 40 seats, but feels cosy with sofa-chairs of different colours & tables in-between, so you can sip a warm drink from the bar during the projection.
On Tuesdays all films have English subtitles.