The Art Deco style building of the Belvárosi Cinema (Downtown Cinema) was built in 1920 based on the plans of the architect Endre Sebestyén. Today, it is the only purpose built cinema of the period in Hungary still in operation. The historical building was extensively renovated in 2019, and from April 2020, it will also house an interactive film history exhibition based on VR experience. Equipped with state-of-the-art digital technology and 7.1 and 5.1 Dolby sound systems, the cinema’s three air-conditioned screening rooms were named after film professionals with a connection to Szeged. Film critic Béla Balázs’s name was given to the 100-seat room and director József Csőke’s to the 50-seat chamber room. Located on the ground floor, the main hall with a gallery seating a total of 530 was named after Szeged-born Academy Award-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond. Besides spectacular, quality commercial films, it also features world movies, Hungarian contemporary movies, a big variety of film history curiosities and live opera and theatre transmissions. Several cultural events are also organized here such as public meetings, literature evenings, concerts, programs for children and psychology presentations.
Interactive VR Film History Exhibition – opening hours: 13.00-19.00
Previous registration is required for groups