Cinema Favorit

Str. Horea, nr. 4-6,

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Functions: Special Events

Previous Names: Urania Palace, Cinema 23 August

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Cinema Favorit

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.

In 1910, András Udvardi built Urania Palace, which housed a modern 400-seat cinema, 10 stores and 17 apartments. The building, in the Austrian secession style, was designed by architect Géza Kappeter. The Urania Palace cinema opened in 1913.

In 1964, it was renamed Cinema 23 August, in commemoration of the day when Romania began the 1944 anti-German war. Then, in 1989, it was renamed the Cinema Favorit.

The cinema was closed when I visited the city in May 2009. Since then it has been used for a variety of functions (it appears that the seating has been removed). One special event in particular was held on 16th May 2014, when, for the first event of the inaugural Electronic Music Festival, it was transformed into the “Vibe Cinema”.

Contributed by David Simpson
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