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

15 May 2017

Kino International Berlin/Germany - "In 80 Tagen um die Welt" 1966

The photo was taken in summer 1966. Then the Oscar-winning movie Around the World in 80 Days came to Kino International (on 22 July 1966). This US-American movie  realesed already  in  1956. But it was too expensive for the East German film distributuion to start this film earlier in East German cinemas. 
The movie was a made in Todd-AO 70mm cinematography and could shown in this quality in Kino International.
The screenplay based on the well known novel by Jules Verne.
I am sure woman and boy at this postcard saw this movie, they are looking so expactantly at the cinema.

12 Jan 2017

Kino International Berlin/Germany - "Gräfin Cosel" 1969

A colour postcard with Kino International on a summer day. The cinema advertises the movie Gräfin Cosel / Hrabina Cosel (directed by Jerzy Antczak, Poland 1968), realeased in East German cinemas on 13th June 1969.
Anna Constantia Countess of Cosel (1680 - 1765) was a German noblewoman and mistress of Augustus the Strong, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony. But this love hadn't a happy end, Augustus has arrested her in 1716 to Burg Stolpen/Saxony, where she died after 49 years of imprisonment.

6 Jan 2017


This postcard is a photo that can be sent as a postcard. But unfortunately it wasn't send as a postcard. The backside is empty and you can read nothing about this cinema on the photo-postcard.
It is a riddle - and I love riddles and that is why I bought this card.

You can read at the card the name of the cinema: Imperial-Kino and the advertising for the movie Im goldenen Käfig (In the gilded cage). This movie - so I knew from Murnau Stiftung - was realesed in Germany on 5th October 1912, directed by Curt A. Stark, produced by Messters Projektions GmbH.
There is written on a poster inside: "Heute Preiserhöhung. (Today price rice.) II. Platz 25 ₰, I. Platz 35  ₰".  ₰ is a sign for Pfennig, a former German coin. 
So I know the cinema was situated in Germany and has opened about 1912.

Let's look for more information to Kinowiki
Cinemas called Imperial worked about 1912 and later in these German cities:
- Dresden, Moritzstrasse 3, opened in 1908 as Imperial-Kino
- Löbau, Innere Zittauer Strasse, opened in 1910 as Imperial-Theater
- Munich, Schützenstrasse 1 a, opened in 1907 as Imperial-Theater
- Riesa, Poppitzer Strasse 2, opened in 1909 as Imperial-Tonbild-Theater
- Wiesbaden, Rheinstrasse 41, mentioned between 1907 and 1917 as Imperial-Biograph-Theater
- Freital, Lange Strasse 1, opened in 1911 as Imperial-Theater 
- Radebeul, Harmoniestrasse 14, opened in 1910 as Imperial-Welt-Kino
- Roßbach - today Hranice u Aše in Czechia, Hauptstraße 463, opened in 1910 as Imperial-Kino.
So the only cinemas called Imperial-Kino were in Dresden and Roßbach. But Roßbach was a Bohemian town, has belonged to the Austrian Emprire until 1918. There they had no Pfennige as coins, but Heller. So the cinema at the postcard is the Imperial-Kino in Dresden.

The next question is: Who are the men in front of the cinema?


5 Jan 2017

Kino International in Berlin/Germany - "Schloß Gripsholm" 1964

Here is another postcard from 1965. The cinema is advertising the movie Schloß Gripsholm from West Germany, made by Kurt Hoffmann in 1963. It released at East German cinemas on 7th August 1964. 
Schloß Gripsholm is originally a novel written in 1931 by Kurt Tucholsky (1890-1935).

30 Sep 2016

Kino International in Berlin/Germany - "Die leibeigene Schauspielerin" 1964

This photo is taken in Kino International's earliest months. The advertised movie is the Soviet movie Die leibeigene Schauspielerin / The Serf Actress / Krepostnaya aktrisa (USSR 1963, Roman Tikhomirov). It is a musical in Sovscope 70, that means the movie is produced in 70 mm. The special 70 mm-technology can still be used today at Kino International.
Kino International opened on 15th November 1963, the movie realesed in East Berlin in May 1964.

Just found another postcard with the same advertised movie at night.

15 Sep 2016

Bukhara in Bukhara/Uzbekistan

Cinema Bukhara opened in 1974 with 850 seats in one hall and is still working. The postcard is published in 1975.
If you love cinemas and movies and you are in Uzbekistan, don't forget visiting the Museum of cinema of Uzbekistan in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. First movie was shown in 1897 in Tashkent. Today Uzbekfilm is the largest and oldest film studio in Uzbekistan, it was established in 1925. It has produced about 400 feature films and 100 animated films until now.

14 Sep 2016

Letní kino in Karlovy Vary/Czech Republic

The open-air cinema in Karlovy Vary/Carlsbad/Karlsbad opened in 1946 with 3500 seats. It is still used as a cinema: Letní kino. You can see there movies and listen to concerts. It is also a scene of the International Film Festival. But you can't see there the newest movies, because there isn't the digital technic. There are shown older movies with good 35 mm projectors. Kino Nostalgia.