When there was a cinema in Kamnik

Published: 17.03.2021

In 1953, the Chemical industry Kamnik built the central temple of Kamnik’s living cultural creativity. Until the beginning of the 1990s, Cinema center Kamnik was important primarily as the central Kamnik cinema and the venue for subscription theater events. The workers deliberately gave up part of their salaries and participated in the construction with voluntary work.

When selling tickets, the ticket agents of Cinema center used a wooden frame with drawers – a kind of simulation of the seating order of the hall. For each seat in the hall, a stamp was available to imprint the number of the queue and the seat in it, which was imprinted on a blank ticket. Such a system was transparent, rational and economical.

What was the cinema schedule like in 1961, that is, sixty years ago, when the Intermunicipal museum Kamnik was also established. We will look back in March and April 1961.

We were able to watch today’s completely forgotten Yugoslav comedy directed by Sven Skrigin, The second president of the center forward from the football world. In it, they played the then mostly famous Serbian players: Pavle Vujisić, Mija Aleksić, Olivera Marković and Pero Kvrgić.

For fans of European classics, the French film The Unfortunate was available at the literary suggestion of Victor Hugo. The film was so long that the first part was shown the first week and the second the following week.

In March, quite a few classics of film history were shown – The Old Man and the Sea after Hemingway’s novel of the same name and starring Spencer Tracy, Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo with Kim Novak and James Stewart and The Young Lion based on Irving Shaw’s novel with Marlon Brand, Dean Martin and Montgomery Clift. At the end of the decade, young men under the direction of Jernej Podboj, who played soul, rock and jazz, were named after the novel and film Young Lions.

And that’s not all. In April came Marilyn Monroe in cinema program. Accompanied by Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, she charmed us in Wilder’s comedy Some like it hot. This was followed by another film based on Ernest Hemingway’s novel proposal – Goodbye Weapons with Rock Hudson. In short, the selection of films was first class.

Marko Kumer