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

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.

20 Sep 2017

The Royal Bio Co. in Luxembourg/Luxembourg

What an interesting postcard! 
The photo was made in February 1912 in Luxembourg. It shows Marie-Adélaïde, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (1894-1924) with her mother Marie Anne (1861-1942). It is a sad way for the women: It is the funeral of father and husband Grand Duke William IV (1852-1912).
They are just in front of The Royal Bio Co. This cinema opened in a hall of the Hôtel de Luxembourg in 1907, and was managed by the owner of the hotel Nicolas Medinger and his son Félix. They later named it in Medingers Kinematograph. It had 350 places and closed in 1912.
Félix Medinger also made little movies of Luxembourg and showed them in his cinema. Above them there is also a movie about the statutory power of the new Grand Duchess on June 18, 1912. He showed this movie at The Royal Bio Co. already on June 22, 1912.  The Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaïde went to this cinema with her mother and her five sisters to see this movie on June 25, 1912.
Félix Medinger was a clever business man. I am sure the photo in front of the cinema was his idea. Even there is written the name of the photographer at the left corner: P.C.Schowen (or something like that).
There is a really interesting book about the history of cinemas in Luxembourg: D'Stater Kinoen. Eine Kinogeschichte der Stadt Luxemburg by Paul Lesch. Reading this book is like a journey to this city.


18 Sep 2017

Tilsiter Lichtspiele in Berlin/Germany

The postcard shows a photo from 1938 and is used as an adcard for the Tilsiter Lichtspiele today. This cinema opened in 1908 and named after the street, where it was located - Tilsiter Strasse. In 1908 Tilsit was a West Prussian town and belonged to Germany. Tilsit was annexed by the Soviet Union in 1945. The town was then named Sovetsk in honor of Soviet rule. The street Tilsiter Strasse changed its name to Richard-Sorge-Strasse after the undercover German journalist and Soviet military intelligence officer Richard Sorge (1895-1944) in 1969. But the cinema closed in 1961 and the machines went by Soviet officers to Sovetsk (!).
The cinema was reopened in 1994 and has today two rooms with 66 and 25 places, a miniplex. Look at Kinokompendium for pictures.
The wonderful old photo shows advertising for these movies:

Kino International in Berlin/Germany - "Optimistische Tragödie" 1963

Another postcard from Kino International. It is a very interesting postcard, because the theatre was opened with the advertised movie Optimistische Tragödie / Optimisticheskaya tragediya / Optimistic tragedy, a Soviet movie by Samson Samsonov. 
Unfortunately it isn't a photo from the grand opening premiere on November 15, 1963. I found at Bundesarchiv a picture from this event with flags in front of the cinema and at the postcard there aren't flags. 





17 Sep 2017

Capitol in Cluj-Napoca/Romania



The postcard shows Bánffy Palace in Cluj-Napoca, the second most populous city in Romania. Bánffy Palace built between 1774 and 1775 by Johann Eberhard Baumann for count György Bánffy. The National Museum of Art has located in this building since 1951.

I don't know much about this cinema. You can see the name Capitol over the entrance. It opened in the 1920ies and closed in 1974. The cinema occupyed the inner yard of the palace - maybe an open-air cinema?

The postcard is a reprint of an old photo, I got it with Postcrossing. Vielen Dank, Beate!

15 May 2017

Kino International in 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 in 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

Imperial-Kino

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).