Cinema Arta (Str. Tribunei)

Strada Tribunei 6,
Sibiu 550176

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Functions: Art Gallery

Previous Names: Cinema Capitol, Cinema Timpuri Noi, Cinema Tineretului

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Cinema Arta (Str. Tribunei)

Located in Sibiu, in the Transylvanian region of Romania, Cinema Capitol opened on 4th March 1945 in the former Unicum Hall. It was operated by Iosif Ritivoi and I. Racuciu and, at the time, was considered to be the most modern cinema in the city.

On 3rd November 1948 it was nationalised. From May 1949 it was renamed Cinema Timpuri Noi (“New Times”), later becoming Cinema Tineretului (“Youth”).

On 3rd October 1968 refurbishment work started, and the cinema re-opened as Cinema Arta on 15th April 1969. (Cinema Arta having moved out of its first home, on Strada Faulurui, in 1967: see separate Cinema Treasures entry.)

Cinema Arta moved once again, at the beginning of the 1990’s, to new premises at Piata Aurel Vlaicu (again, see separate entry). The building at Strada Tribunei became home to The Contemporary Art Gallery (Muzeul de Artă Contemporană).

In a nice celebration of the building’s cinematic past, a heritage plaque at the Gallery proudly proclaims it as the former home of Cinema Arta. However, it gives a date of 1901, so perhaps Unicum Hall was host to early cinematograph shows well before it was transformed into the full-time Cinema Capitol.

Contributed by David Simpson
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