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.