Welcome to my weblog with my collection of postcards showing cinema buildings.

3 Nov 2017

Kino International in Berlin/Gemany - "Boccaccio '70" 1965

Boccaccio '70 is a 1962 Italian anthology film directed by Mario Monicelli, Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti and Vittorio De Sica, starring Anita Ekberg, Romy Schneider, Sophia Loren and Marisa Solinas. It is an anthology of four episodes, each by one of the directors, all about a different aspect of morality and love in modern times, in the style of Boccaccio. Boccaccio (1313-1375) is still today famous for his Decameron.
The total running time is 208 min (like the Italian version with all four segments), but there were some changes in some countries. I don't know the running time of the movie, when it came to Kino International and to East Germany on 2 July 1965.

29 Oct 2017

Lichtspielhaus in Neu-Oderberg / Nový Bohumín in Czech Republic

The Czech town Bohumín near the Polish border has a difficult history. The town was named Neu-Oderberg O/S. (Oberschlesien) after the annexion by Nazi Germany between 1939 and 1945 - so it is written on the postcard. 
Unfortunately I don't know anything about the history of this building. But fortunately it is still in use - today as  KULTURNÍ DŮM K3. It was modernized in 2006.

21 Oct 2017

Kino International in Berlin/Germany - "Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt" 1965

Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt / The Adventures of Werner Holt  is a 1965 East German film directed by Joachim Kunert. The script was based on Dieter Noll's 1960 published novel Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt (Part 1).
The plot: Werner Holt (Klaus-Peter Thiele), a young Wehrmacht soldier stationed on the eastern border of Germany in the last days of World War II, is awaiting the attack of the Red Army and he recalls the last two years of his life.
The movie released on 5 February 1965, and it is still today cited as one of the most notable films that, using a modernist style, challenged the traditional East German anti-Fascist narrative by introducing a more personal perspective to the theme.

8 Oct 2017

Kino Sevastopol in Prague / Czech Republic

Kino Sevastopol is in the middle house on the postcard in the street Na Příkopě 31 in Czech capital Prague. The house was built as Příkopy Palace for the insurers of Moldavia Generali and Assicurazioni Generali in 1936-38 by the architects Bohumír Kozák and Antonín Černý in functionalist style. The palace was and is known for its shopping passage, which connects the streets of Celetna and Na Příkopě. The cinema was opened on September 9, 1938 as Cinema Broadway, located in the basement of the building, and was most elegant movie theather in Prague. The whole building is now an inherited cultural monument.
The cinema was called Sevastopol after the Soviet army came to Prague in May 1945. Sevastopol is a city located in the southwestern region of the Crimean Peninsula on the Black Sea. There was the the Battle of Sevastopol during World War II from October 1940 until July 1942.
The Cinema named to Cinema Broadway again after 1989. It was the first Czech cinema that had a SDDS surround sound. It closed in 1998. In December 2001 a new musical theatre was opened in the rooms: Divadlo Broadway
The postcard is from the 1950s. You can read Kino Sevastopol over the entrance and see advertisment for a movie with a sail. Maybe it was the 1937 Soviet movie Белеет парус одинокий / The lonely White Sail / Na obzoru plachta bílá after the novel by Valetin Katajew.

1 Oct 2017

Kino International in Berlin/Germany - "Anna Karenina" 1967

The 1967 Soviet movie Anna Karenina came to East German cinemas on June 28, 1968. It was directed by Aleksandr Zarkhi, based on the novel of the same name by Leo Tolstoy. Tatiana Samoilova played Anna Karenina. Anna Karenina was presented as a 70 mm color movie at Kino International.

28 Sep 2017

Capitol in Döbel/Gemany

On 27 August 1937, Max Kirchberg welcomed the guests in the name of the owner Wilhelm Wortmann to the opening of the Capitol cinema in the Saxon town Döbeln. The cinema was built by Arthur Wenzel and had 651 places in one hall. It closed in 1999. Today it is a cultural heritage monument and used as a paramedical house and doctor's office.
Jens Michalski wrote a book about cinemas in the district Döbeln in the years between 1945 and 1990 ... und nächstes Jahr wie jedes Jahr. It is the best book about managing of cinemas in socialist times, I know. Michalski writes knowledgeable about the state and central administration and distribution of films and cinemas, the shortage of building material, what the administration wanted and what the audience wanted. And between them the cinema people with enthusiasm and sometimes more fantasy than allowed ...

23 Sep 2017

Kino International in Berlin/Germany - "Kampf um Deutschland" 1963

The advertised movie Kampf um Deutschland is an East German documentary about the fight of communists against fascism between 1930 and 1945 and building a communist Germany after 1945.
The movie directed by Joachim Hellwig and had premiere on October 7, 1963 - the 14th annivarsary of the establishment of the German Democratic Republic. The premiere night was not in this cinema (it was still a building site), it was in Filmtheater Kosmos in Berlin. 
I don't know when this documentary was shown in Kino International, maybe in spring 1964. The postcard is from 1964. It is a good view of the cinema and its unique architecture.