19.01.2020

Kino International in Berlin/Germany - "Die Befreiung" 1970

Die Befreiung / Освобождение / Liberation  is the titel of the advertised movie. It is a five part film series released in 1970 and 1971, directed by Yuri Ozerov and shot in wide-format 70 mm. The script was written by Yuri Bondarev and Oscar Kurganov. The series was a Soviet-Polish-East German-Italian-Yugoslav co-production. Part 1 Der Feuerbogen/The Fire Bulge + Part 2 Der Durchbruch/Breakthrough came to East German cinemas on 13 November 1970.
The postcard was published in 1971 by Verlag Felix Setecki in Berlin.
It was sent in the same year to an address in Dresden, across from my current apartment building.

Filmtheater in Wolmirstedt/Germany

Wolmirstedt is a town of now 11.000 inhabitants near Magdeburg on the river Elbe. The postcard from 1989 shows the August-Bebel-Street with the cinema on the left.
The cinema opened in 1934 with 300 seats in No. 10. On the postcard you can see the gate entrance, the hall was in the yard.  
The cinema closed in the early 1990s.

18.01.2020

Punane Täht in Narva/Estonia

Red Star is the name of this cinema, a place for entertainment from 1952 till 1996 in Narva.
That's all I know about it.

12.01.2020

Kino International in Berlin/Germany - "Don Quichotte" 1958

This postcard shows a model of later Kino International and Hotel Berolina. It was sent in January 1960. There is written on it: "Redesign of the city center of Berlin. Hotel Berlin Tourist with cinema and shop buildings." Read about the construction of the Karl-Marx-Allee on wikipedia.
The cinema was opened on 15 November 1963. The hotel was opened in 1964 and demolished in 1996. There had a 14-story high-rise built between 1996 and 1998. The new building is architecturally based on the former hotel and now the city hall Berlin-Mitte.
In the cinema building you can see many details of the later built one, e.g. the sculptural relief.
I find the film poster in the model remarkable. The poster is designed by Hans Adolf Baltzer, it is for the 1957 Soviet movie Don Quixote, directed by Grigori Kozintsev. It was the first feature film realized in widescreen of Soviet Lenfilm production. The poster thus indicates that 70mm films can be shown in the new cinema. I don't know if the movie Don Quixote was ever shown there.

11.01.2020

Lichtspiele in Allentsteig/Austria

Allensteig is famous for its proving ground, it has existed since 1938. In connection with this, this cinema was built in 1939 or 1940 to entertain the soldiers. 
In the second half of the 1980s to the 90s, international peace culture weeks were held in the Allentsteiger cinema and in Loschberg near Waldhausen with a rich program of music, dance, theater, cabaret, discussion, workshops. The initiator, Gerhard Burger, designed the vision of a world peace village on Hitler's shooting range, where peaceful people, holistic philosophers and futurologists should find a free space to work on an ethics of peace at this acupuncture point, which excites the whole organism of the human body.
Later there was the cultural initiative Avalon in the cinema building.
Now the cinema is closed, the proving ground is still in work ...

The Rex Theater in Galax/USA

The Rex Theater in Galax/Virginia was opened opened around 1940. It screened its last movie in the 1980’s. 
Now the Rex Theater hosts live performances of good old bluegrass music.
"Every Friday night in the City of Galax, Virginia WBRF 98.1 FM sends out 100,000 watts of live old-time and bluegrass music from the stage of the historic Rex Theater into five states and over the World Wide Web.  Listeners may be in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee or as far away as Egypt enjoying the traditional music show from the comfort of their own homes, or they may be sitting back in one of the 475 seats at the Rex.  The show is called Blue Ridge Back Roads and thanks to a faithful group of volunteers, it has become the cornerstone for the revitalization of this 70 year old theater." wrotes visitgalax.com  

Thank you, Nancy, for this interesting postcard! I got it via Postcrossing.

Licht- und Schauspielhaus in Krnov/Czech Republic


Another cinema designed by Leo Kammel. 
The official opening took place on 11 November 1928. The renowned pianist Poldi Mildner performed at the event accompanied by the Municipal Orchestra; after the concert, there was a screening of the film Der Meister von Nürnberg / The Master of Nuremberg (Germany, 1927).
The original name of the theatre was Lichtspiel und Stadttheater / Městské kino a divadlo v Krnově (The Municipal Cinema and Theatre in Krnov). After the communist putsch in February 1948, the theatre was renamed to Julius Fučik’s Theatre. This is why the bust of this member of the communist revolt promoted by the propaganda was installed in the theatre. After 1945, the cinema was named Narodni. In 1990, the name of the theatre was changed back to the Municipal Theatre Krnov and the bust of J. Fucik was removed.
This unique example of expressionist theatre architecture in Czech Republic is today the
Městské divadlo / Municipall Theatre in Krnov.

You can read more about this building on the Theatre Database.

17.11.2019

Cinéma Pathé in Cirque d'Hiver Paris/France


This postcard was sent in 1914. The building is still standing in Paris and used for big venues.
The Cirque d'Hiver ("Winter Circus") was designed by the architect Jacques Ignace Hittorff and was opened by Emperor Napoleon III on 11 December 1852. The circus originally had 3.900 places. The building was not only used for circuses, also musical concerts and exhibitions. Since 29 August 1907, electric light illuminates the interiors.

But I couldn't find facts about using this building as a cinema. In 1914, the cinema belongs to Pathé. The writing above the entrance is very interesting: Ex Cirque d'Hiver. That means showing movies there was not only for certain time, it should be for an indefinite length of time. The time of the circus should have been over ...
But it could be only a short time of cinema, maybe because of the beginning of the war
Since 1934, the circus is owned by the Bouglione family. Today, in addition to the Cirque d'Hiver performances, there are numerous other types of events, such as dressage events, musicals or fashion shows.
 

16.11.2019

Kino in Kamenický Šenov/Czech Republic


The architect Leo Kammel was born in Steinschönau/Kamenický Šenov in 1885. He built this cinema in 1928, two years before the Kino in Nový Jičín.
On the postcard there is written "Kino und Stadttheater Steinschönau - Cinema and City Theatre". But above the entrance is only written "Kino". You can see a man in one opened window, maybe Leo Kammel?
The cinema is still in use, now named Kino Hvězda (english "Star").

03.11.2019

Kino International in Berlin/Germany - "Die Brücke" 1964

I'm sure, Kino International in Berlin is the most printed cinema on postcard worldwide. This is No. 20 in my collection showing different posters - and it is not the last one.
The poster today advertises the film Die Brücke / The Bridge, a German anti-war film by Bernhard Wicki from 1959. 
It tells about the last days in war 1945 in a small Bavarian town. Seven underaged boys receive the militarily senseless order to defend a bridge from the advancing US troops. Only one will survive the mission ...

The film received many awards and nominations, among them a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1960. It is one of the best German films of all time. It came to East German cinemas on 4 September 1964.


The postcard was published by Graphokopie H. Sanders KG Berlin.
The poster was designed by Jürgen Großmann.