Kino Europa Zagreb

Image by Mirna Marić

Kino Europa – Vintage cinema charm from the ’20s

The cinema is currently on a summer break.

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 & 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.

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Details about this spot



Varšavska ulica 3, Zagreb

Telephone number


Opening Times

Mon - Sat 12:00 - 21:30, Sun 16:00 - 21:30


Ticket: Kn 25


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)