"Romuva" is a cinema established in the heart of the city of Kaunas, in Laisvės Alėja. It has been upholding the traditions of showing high-quality art films for many years. Exclusive premières, events, and exhibitions take place in "Romuva". Our cinema has an original educational program for children and youth of various ages. "Romuva" actively created and participates in national and international projects. The team of the cinema strives to make “Romuva” a bold, open, and welcoming space for both experienced film enthusiasts and new audiences.
The vision of “Romuva” is to create a contemporary cinema brand and content that is recognizable in Lithuania and Europe, to promote European cinema, and to increase film literacy, thus bringing together a loyal cinema community.
Since 2015, Kaunas Cinema Centre "Romuva” has been a member of the Europa Cinemas network.
More than 80 years of history
Laisvės Alėja (Liberty Avenue), the central street of Kaunas, was called the cinema boulevard by many during the interwar period, due to twelve cinemas operating here. One of them, Kaunas Cinema Centre Romuva, opened its doors back in 1940, on 8 April. The most spacious and the most original, ‘like in Paris’” – such was the talk in town after the opening, about the modernity of the 687-seat cinema designed by architect Nikolajus Mačiulskis.
However, the cinema served the city for only one year – its operation was interrupted by the Second World War. After the restoration of independence, the public objected to the city government's deal with businessmen to lease the building, and protests were organised. Since 2015, Romuva has become a budgetary institution of the City of Kaunas, and continues its main activities.
Modernism and Art Deco
During the construction of the cinema building, acoustic solutions were reflected in the oval shape of the hall, special upholstery was used, and the vault was designed by the engineer Pranas Markūnas, the pioneer of reinforced concrete structures in Lithuania. There are lots of round shapes also in other spaces of the cinema. Specialists attribute these solutions to the Streamline Moderne aesthetics prevailing in the USA at the time, also known as the late art deco . A cosy public space, like another lounge under the open sky, was formed by retracting the building deeper into the land plot, away from the main street. The Art Deco façade of Romuva soon became iconic, especially the glass tower, illumination of which was not completed due to the outbreak of war.
The modern “castlet”, which contributed to many Kaunas residents falling in love with films, currently is the oldest cinema in Lithuania.
In 2015, the building was awarded the European Heritage Label, and is now one of the symbols of Kaunas modernist architecture that is a candidate for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List. - one of the symbols of modernist architecture in Kaunas, claiming to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.