Last Surviving Stone Cinema Re-Opens in Liberec

The 1920s Warsaw Theater was recently saved from oblivion by a passionate group of locals

An organization of passionate Liberec locals have managed to breathe life back into the Warsaw Theater, the city’s last standing stone cinema, an art deco gem built by German architects in 1922.

Photo: Aleš Jungmann
Photo: Aleš Jungmann

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Facing competition from an influx of multiplexes, the city of Liberec shuttered the cinema, which had been neglected since the 1960s, in 2008; in 2012 it was up for sale due to a municipal budget crisis.

Photo: Aleš Jungmann
Photo: Aleš Jungmann

The civic assocation Let’s Save the Warsaw Cinema (Zachraňme KINO Varšava) was launched by concerned locals in response.

The group, comprised of Liberec-based filmmakers, musicians, architects, and history buffs, made it their mission to protect an “amazing and architecturally valuable building” and promote urban cinema.

Photo: Aleš Jungmann
Photo: Aleš Jungmann

Photo: Aleš Jungmann
Photo: Aleš Jungmann

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All the while respectfully maintaining the original spirit of the venue, say the project’s leaders.

With generous contributions from sponsors, funding by the city council, and support from dedicated volunteers the space has become a vibrant culture center, even hosting a recent TEDx talk.

Photo: Aleš Jungmann
Photo: Aleš Jungmann

The association hopes to continue repairing other areas of the iconic cinema and is currently hosting a rich line-up of exhibits and screenings this summer.  

Photo: Aleš Jungmann
Photo: Aleš Jungmann

For an complete overview or to contribute to the restoration see here.

Photo: Zachraňme KINO Varšava / Facebook
Photo: Zachraňme KINO Varšava / Facebook


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