Once, there was a cinema

Once, there was a cinema

From 2016

Once, there was a cinema is a long term project mapping the phenomenon of cinema in post-communist Europe. In these countries, the cinema was built in almost every village. Although the cinemas were used for propaganda, for local people the cinema had a particularly strong social function. Older people have a cinema associated with their first love, date. It was a milestone in adulthood when they could go to an inaccessible movie. After 1989 the cinemas began to lose their function and the rest did not manage the digitalization. However, the buildings of cinemas remained,but changed their function, transformed into clubs, gyms, churches, used by music bands, or left empty. Since these buildings are no longer needed, it is only a matter of time before they finally begin to disappear from our villages and cities.

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Part of project TU BOLO KINO