On the opposite side of Independence Square, strictly on Orkana Street, there are two important municipal buildings – fire station and Sokół cinema. Cinema building with 1929 r. stands sideways to the street. To the right of the front door there is a board with the current repertoire. Most often, news and box office hits are displayed, you rarely get anything from the classics and art film. So you can count on an action movie, something from a youth program or a relatively fresh melodrama.
During the season, the first screening may start at 16.00, recently 22.00. The cinema is quite big, but has uncomfortable seats. It is cold on cooler evenings. The glory years are unfortunately beyond it.
The cinema was subordinate to the Zakopane branch of the Polish Gymnastic Society Sokół. After the war, it functioned as Giewont, so as not to provoke associations with the reactionary tradition of the association. The aim of the society was to popularize physical culture and artistic activity. In the interwar years, Sokół, who specialized in skiing, he wanted to expand his image with patriotic and paramilitary elements. Films were mainly shown in the cinema, but there were also music events from time to time. The first major event, which was broadcast over the radio in February 1939 r. the concert was dedicated to 30. anniversary of the death of Mieczysław Karłowicz.
After traffic, at the entrance to the cinema building from ul. Orkan and the renewed inscription is visible, that the organization was reactivated.