Grand Story 12.
The Grand Story of Corinthia Hotel Budapest by Tibor Meskal, Sr. Manager on Duty Chapter 12
From May 10, 1896, Eugene Dupont Hungarian representative of the Lumiere brothers, showed new movie programs in the parlor of the hotel every week. The 50 denier (a French coin, equal to one twelfth of sou) entrance fee was
quite a large sum at the time, but not enough to discourage the citizens of Pest to rush to the event.
The royal forged a reputation in the first year of its existence as the venue of ’moving pictures’. The
great interest generated by the daily movie performances at the royal laid the foundations for Hungary’s national movie industry, which progressed faster in Budapest than in other European cities. The ’French miracle’ – as Lumiere’s moving pictures were nicknamed – ran until april 5, 1897, almost one year, over 300 days. it brought over 10.000 people to the hotel.
More about our hotel’s history: Andreas Augustin: The Most Famous Hotels in the World. – Grand Hotel Royal Budapest http://www.famoushotels.org/article/631