The Edison Cinema
The Edison building has always been a cinema, a movie theatre built specifically for that purpose. Karlovac was the first town in Croatia to put such a novel and advanced idea into practice, to have a building serve just as a cinema. Installing the 470 seats was rather ambitious, but also realistic. The urban culture of the beginning of the 20th century had Karlovac high on the urban and civic conscience list, and the same goes for going to cinema.
Turbulent times and wars did have a significant impact and today the building has been deserted, sleeping in silence and waiting for better times. And they are just around the corner. The citizens of Karlovac can hardly wait for its renovation and its new splendour. We are all impatient. In contrast, our Edison cinema is much more patient. Even though it also suffers, in its sleep.
So, when you visit Karlovac, take a stroll along the Promenade and reach the Edison cinema, be kind and inspire its pleasant dreams. Shh, just be quiet! Do not offend it on account of this less than beautiful phase in its life. It also has a right to a few depressing moments every now and then.
See it through the lenses of the past, in its prime, with colourful posters near the entrance, with crowds of kids waiting for the matinee, while the queues for the film hits resembled the tree-lined old Promenade in length. Look through the lenses of the future, when it will welcome you in its halls and provide an escape to a fanciful world of film, full of colours and stories that have never been told before. Just like the Edison’s story has not been completed. And we know it has a happy ending!