Cinema Arte

Str. Universitatii, nr. 3,

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Cinema Arte

Cluj-Napoca, the second most populous city in Romania, is the seat of Cluj County in the north western part of the country. The city is considered to be the unofficial capital of the historical province of Transylvania.

Cinema Arta opened in the autumn of 1913. It is located on the ground floor of a building that had been constructed and owned by David Sebestyen, an important in the construction industry at the beginning of the last century and the great-grandfather of the present owner, Monica Sebestyen.

In 1948 the cinema was nationalised by the Communist regime, becoming state property. Even so, it continued to function as a cinema. Eventually, after a property restitution trial started after the 1989 revolution, the Cinema Arta was returned to the Sebestyen family.

The interior is still adorned with original Art Deco style decoration, and it is reputed to be the oldest working cinema in Romania.

However, full-time film shows ended in February 2012. For the time being it is open only during festivals and special events, because some equipment for regular functioning is still lacking. Also, some improvements are needed in order to meet present day demands. Monica Sebestyen is confident the cinema can be re-opened, full-time, and become a lively cultural space.

Contributed by David Simpson
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