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

24 Jan 2016

Lichtburg in Essen, Germany

The cinema Lichtburg opened in 1928 with 2000 seats. It was destroyed in 1943 and reopened in 1950. The Lichtburg has still today one hall with 1250 seats. A second smaller hall with 150 seats is called Sabu - in memory of the Indian actor Sabu (1924 - 1963), famous from The Thief of Bagdad (1940).

Unfortunately the stamp isn't left on the card, so I can't identify the date/year of the postcard. I think the picture was made in the early 1930s.

So the Lichtburg is one of these old film palaces from the great 1920s era, of corse a listed monument and really worth seeing. There can still played movies in 70mm, for instance the new Tarantino The Hateful 8.

18 Jan 2016

Winterstein-Lichtspiele in Bitterfeld, Germany

Unfortunately I don't know much about this cinema. I think it was built in the 1950s and it was closed in the early 1990s.  In the same building there was a public library - one of the rare postcards with a library.
I'm still wondering about the name of the cinema: Winterstein (in English "Winter Stone"). It could be a place name. And then it could be from the actor Eduard von Winterstein (1871-1961). But he is more famous as a theatre actor than a movie actor. And he was still alive, when the cinema was opened. It wasn't usually to name a building after a living person. 
The sign above the name was the logo of Junge Pioniere, the East German youth organisation of schoolchildren aged 6 to 14. Under the logo is written: "Unser Vorbild ist die Partei. Wenn sie uns ruft, sind wir bereit! - The party is our ideal. We are ready, when it calls."