Velika avlija bb
Type: Architecture, Historical, National Treasure
Sarajevo’s oldest cinema, Apolo, was first opened on September 21, 1912 by Albert Wetz, who had a construction company, and Paulina Walits.
The modern cinema hall, which could seat 410, was located in one of the prettiest Secession buildings in Europe, as designed by Ludvig Huber.
The main ground level had separate loges that could seat four people, family box seats on the balcony had room for 12, and military music was played while films were being screened.
The cinema retained its original name until the end of WWII, and was called Partizan Cinema during the period of Former Yugoslavia. An additional floor was added to this two-story building in 1967.
After 1992, the cinema was again called Apolo, but because of the new and modern cinemas that were opening in town, it stopped working in 2010.
The Committee for the Preservation of National Monuments of BiH made Kino Apolo a National Monument of BiH in 2014.