The Favorit cinema, located in the Drumul Taberei neighborhood of Bucharest’s District 6, is set to become a European Cultural Center, following a revamp worth RON 48.6 million (EUR 10.6 million).
The project had been planned more than six years ago but only now did the process to undertake the consolidation, expansion and modernization work start, Profit.ro reported.
The cinema is in a derelict state and has not served its initial purpose for 20 years. The feasibility study for its revamping was drafted in 2011. However, despite available funding, the work on the project could not start as the space was not transferred from the administration of the Culture Ministry to that of the District 6 City Hall. The transfer happened in 2015.
The new three-storey space will feature a performance hall of 706 seats, plus 20 seats for people with disabilities. It will also have three conference halls that can also serve as spaces for delivering courses and workshops, of some 50 sqm each. A library, two multifunctional halls of 121 and 118 seats, and a café are also included, while the ground-floor hall can serve as an exhibition venue, according to City Hall documents quoted by Profit.ro.”