The Grand Story 5.
The Grand Story
of Corinthia Hotel Budapest
by Tibor Meskal, Sr. Manager on Duty
The Grand Ballroom – With the growing popularity of the motion picture, the Ballroom ceased to exist as a part of the hotel when it was reconstructed as the Royal Apollo cinema and after the Second
World War it reopened its doors as the Red Star Cinema with its entrance on Hársfa street in 1959.
Actually the operation of this cinema even survived the operation of the old Royal, which was
closed in 1991. After years of decline, the Ballroom’s legend was reborn in 2002 when the whole
property was reconstructed and even this room was restored to its original state. It was laid with
Italian limestone and Spanish marble, framed by the expertise of Hungarian craftsmen: their fabulous
plaster work puts the final touch on the hotel and their gilded scrolls elevate the beauty of the
To be continued…
More about our hotel’s history:
Andreas Augustin: The Most Famous Hotels in the World. – Grand Hotel Royal Budapest