About Us

YESTERDAY – Our History

The Building
In the 1920s, cinema theatres were being constructed in cities across Europe as pillars of modernity and prestige. Ljubljana was no exception, and the Ljubljanski Dvor City Cinema was built in 1923 as the city's luxury cinema in late Art Nouveau style at 13 Kolodvorska.

The First Film
In 1923, the Austrian film entitled ‘Young Medardus’ (Der Junge Medardus) was screened at Ljubljanski Dvor. The historical spectacle, based on Arthur Schnitzler’s play of the same name, was an early work of Hungarian director Michael Kertesz who, twenty years later, would go on to direct award-winning Hollywood classic ‘Casablanca' under the name Michael Curtiz.

The Early Years 
The core programme projected silent films by the finest European and American directors of the era, including Fritz Lang, Cecil B. DeMille, Charlie Chaplin, Abel Gance and Jean Renoir. Among the many films screened was ‘Erotikon’, starring Slovenia’s first film star, Ita Rina, in a seductive breakout performance.

The Sloga Cinema
In 1935, the Sloga railwaymen’s cultural society assumed management of the re-named Kino Sloga until the state claimed ownership of all Slovenian cinemas in 1946. The Sloga Cinema gaining notoriety in the 1980s through the screening of erotic films until its rebirth as Kino Dvor (the Dvor Cinema) in the 1990s.
Artistic Redirection: The City’s Cinema
During the early 2000s the first large-scale multiplexes emerged in Slovenia’s suburbs, posing a considerable challenge to smaller city cinemas. To preserve the heritage of the site, the Municipality of Ljubljana (MOL), the Ministry of Culture, and the Slovenian Cinematheque agreed to renovate and re-establish the Dvor Cinema as a home for contemporary art films, assuming its current name, 'Kinodvor'.

The MOL and Ministry of Culture financed the renovation of the building and the necessary technical equipment. Further financial support was achieved through a dynamic campaign entitled "On My Own Seat". Over 200 individual cinephiles contributed donations to ‘adopt a cinema seat’, each becoming a unique part of the restoration. Kinodvor re-opened in 2003 on the eve of its 80th anniversary and, together with the Slovenian Cinematheque has since played a key role in establishing the national art cinema network.

In 2008 the MOL established the Kinodvor Public Institution, and, after a brief closure, the Kinodvor Cinema was re-opened in October 2008. Represented by the slogan "Kinodvor. City Cinema", Kinodvor offered Ljubljana a new type “event cinema”, enriching the audience’s experience with special screenings and events. Kinodvor has since been the proud recipient of the Creativity Gong Award from Vikend magazine.

In 2013, Kinodvor celebrated its 90th anniversary with the Leto kina (Year of Cinema) festival. In collaboration with cultural and educational institutions, Kinodvor hosted screenings and events whose themes included the future of city cinemas.

Sources: the Kinodvor archives and the RTV Slovenija web portal.

TODAY – Our Scope

Kinodvor offers a diverse programme of screenings and events that celebrate film. We believe that the cinema experience is at the heart of film, and we are dedicated to upholding its heritage and development.

Kinodvor champions cinema for all. We enable young audiences to experience film through the award-winning Kinobalon, Kinobalon for Schools and Kinotrip programmes. We publish an annual catalogue for schools, and provide comprehensive educational materials for young audiences. For our older cinema-goers, we are proud to offer senior audiences a generous range of screenings, discussions and guest appearances through the Film Rendez-Vous programme.

More than just a cinema theatre, Kinodvor is part of a national and global dialogue around cinema culture. We are a member of the Slovenian Art Cinema Association through which we continue to examine and advance cinema operations and film culture in Slovenia. Kinodvor is also part of the Europa Cinemas network, with whom we are dedicated to supporting innovation in European cinema.

TOMORROW – Our Vision 

Kinodvor and The City of Ljubljana are collaborating on an exciting new venue envisioned for the Ajdovščina underpass in Ljubljana’s city centre. The miniplex will hold one big and three smaller screening halls, and constitute a cultural hub to work in tandem with 13 Kolodvorska to provide a home for the city’s flourishing cinema culture, with an emphasis on attracting new, young audiences.