The Jalta Palace was completed in 1929 to the design of architect Jaroslav Josef Polívka. This two-part building is located near the New City Hall, an 18th-century Baroque complex. The basement of the Jalta Palace housed one of the first modern cinemas in Brno – Bio Moderna, together with a restaurant and community rooms. The ground floor level comprised of a shopping arcade, the first and second floor were reserved for offices and the last two floors – for residential spaces.
Shortly after construction was completed, the Palace’s ownership was passed to the Y.W.C.A (Young Women’s Christian Association) who converted the building into the Masaryk’s Girl House. In 1934, the Palace was sold to the Czechoslovak state and since 1954 it has been managed by the Brno City House Company, formerly known as the House Administration of the Municipal National Committee in Brno.
The Bio Moderna was converted into the Jalta cinema in 1949, with the basement restaurant transformed into the City Canteen. Following the Palace’s transition to private ownership in 1989, the original upper floor apartment spaces were given over to the City of Brno building company until 1993.
The upper floors were subsequently vacated, and the ground and first floor remained occupied by Česká pojišťovna, an insurance company which owned the entire building until 2004. Babylon, the first major music club in Brno, was established in place of the former cinema during the same year.
The Brno City Hall attempted to regain ownership of the Palace in 2004 for administrative purposes, but it was not until 2006 that they managed to buy the building from Česká pojišťovna through a disadvantageous exchange from entrepreneur Miroslav Lekeš. The necessary repairs of the now dilapidated building were however too costly for Brno and since 2016 it has been vacant and disused. Recently the Jalta Palace was sold to a duo of Brno developers who started a reconstruction which was finished in 2019.
Text by Barbora Slavíčková
1929Mixed use – Apartments, Cinema, Shopping passage, Offices, restaurant, community rooms
1949 Mixed use – Apartments, Cinema, Shopping passage, Offices, restaurant, community rooms
2018 Mixed use – Office building, shopping passage, apartment
1929 Jaroslav Polívka
1949 City of Brno
2018 Premiere properties s.r.o.
2018 In reconstruction
Form of government
1929 Parliamentary Republic
1949 Socialist Federative Republic
2018 Parliamentary Republic
Spatial Planning Agency
Type of heritage and protection