Front of theater: Click to enlarge.
So why tear down a perfectly functional building when you decide that you don't want to use it as a movie theater any more?
Obviously, there's no reason to. Someone in charge in the Croatian town of Pula decided that they needed more parking spaces. Where better than in the movie theater?
Until 1990, it was called the Beograd Theater, then it was called the Pula Theater, then it was called the Sayam book store. Now you park cars in it.
Balcony of theater: Click to enlarge.
When my brother showed it to us, I asked him if people could sit in their cars and watched movies, just like in the good old days. (It was a funny thought as far as I was concerned.)
He looked at me quizzically and said, "No. It's a parking garage. They park cars here."
I said, "No... but wouldn't it be funny?"
"They park cars here now," he said.
He had a point. Besides, all the cars were pointed sideways which makes for a bad movie experience. (But still, don't you think it would be funny if they still watched movies there?)
An afterthought: I think there should always be a movie playing there... 24 hours a day. Maybe Easy Rider.