UNIVERSITY CINEMA SCALA
In 2013 Masaryk University successfully restored Scala as a centre for cinema, culture and education.
From the very beginning, present-day Scala focused primarily on university students. In fact, Masaryk University, along with the Brno University of Technology, originally sought a license to operate the cinema as early as 1922, i.e. even before it was erected. When the cinema subsequently opened in 1929, it was as part of a venue owned by the commercial and industrial workers' cooperative and operated by the Masaryk Endowment Fund for Czech University Students. Masaryk University’s current involvement may thus be seen as the most recent stage of what is nearly a century-long process.
In 1935, the original Bio Dopz was renamed to Scala, only to be renamed to Moskva after WWII, back to Scala in 1968 and once again to Moskva following the rise of the Communist regime. The name Scala was permanently restored only after the Velvet Revolution. The cinema itself also underwent a number of changes, including several large-scale renovations and modifications. In spite of state-of-the-art equipment and a unique position in the city centre, plummeting demand for the big screen experience and the concurrent rise of multiplex cinemas in the late 1990s finally forced Scala, not unlike most cinemas in Brno, out of business. Scala – operated as a municipal cinema until December 2011 – was one of the last to close.
On 14 October 2013 Masaryk University reopened Scala as a university cinema on the occasion of the launch of the 2013/2014 academic year. The original educational mission of the cinema building has thus been successfully restored: Scala has once again become a meeting point for students and academics as well as for those living, working, studying in or visiting Brno.
The hotel building was constructed in 1961 - 1964. The architectural design aimed to create a fifteen floor building so that the hotel had a capacity of 124 single and 108 double rooms, and for the first time ever in the Czech Republic, high pressure air-conditioning technology was used for the heating and ventilation systems. The original design even allowed for a landing area for helicopters on the highest floor, which was to be situated on a triangular slab above the vista café. The hotel vestibule ranks amongst the most beautiful Brussels interiors in the Czech Republic.
The original name, the Elevated Hotel, was changed to Tempo, followed by Brno, Sport and only in 1963 it was named the Continental. Finally, it became a luxury international hotel for foreign guests as especially during the time of the Brno Trade Fair. After thirty years of operation it was necessary to start with a gradual reconstruction of the hotel; over a period of time it became necessary to complete the construction of the congress and social premises, with all necessary facilities.
From a historical point of view, the hotel building is unique. The Continental Hotel has become a modern urban congress hotel in the centre of town, offering services of superb quality. The last stage of modernisation was taking place in 2011. Even though the Continental has undergone many demanding changes, thanks to the sensitive approach during the reconstruction and thanks to preserving its rare original architectural features, the hotel has been included on the list of historical buildings in the Czech Republic and it was declared a cultural heritage site in 2009.
FACULTY OF SPORTS STUDIES
In 2009, the Faculty was relocated into the new buildings of Bohunice University Campus. All parts of the Faculty including the Dean´s office and Office for Studies together with seven existing departments can now be found at one place. For the purpose of practical courses there are modern facilities such as a ball games hall, combative sports hall, gymnastics hall, multifunctional gym, fitness centre and various lecture halls for teaching theoretical courses. All of them can also be used by the public. Courses for which there are no facilities in the campus (e.g. swimming or athletics) are taught elsewhere in Brno.
One of the greatest University achievements of recent years was the construction of the new Masaryk University Campus. Construction works commenced in 2004, and the Campus was officially opened in 2010. This year therefore concluded the major period of the Campus construction; however, in the following years, it was expanded with new departments of three research projects.
The University Campus in Bohunice was constructed with the budget of EUR 183M, and is spread over the area of 42,200 m2. The additional projects amounted to a total of EUR 83M. Recently completed projects bring the overall campus area to a total of 70,000 m2. The whole Campus provides high-quality and modern background for approximately 5,000 students and 1,500 employees.