Later, the City of Trenčianske Teplice started operating the cinema, with the rent paid by Kúpeľ. The cinema served its purpose for many years. However, when Peter Hledík came up with the idea of creating a film festival in Trenčianske Teplice, the premises needed to be improved.
For many months, the cinema was reconstructed so that in 1993 it was ready for the 1st year of the Artfilm film festival. Art Film Fest is currently the longest-running international film festival without interruption. In 2014, it was already its 22nd year.
The tradition of Artfilm was created thanks to the initiative of the film director, the long-term artistic director of the festival Petr Hledík and the film director Vladimír Štric, who until 2004 worked as the program director. From the very beginning, the Slovak actress Božidara Turzonovová participated in the preparation of the festival as the chairwoman of the festival committee.