26 May 2019

UCI Kino in Hamburg-Wandsbek/Germany

This postcard is an advertising card from Edgar Medien, #3.555. Maybe fresh from the opening. This UCI Kino opened as UCI Kinowelt Smart City on 1 August 1999. The architects were Eller, Maier, Walter & Partner. UCI opened another multiplex in Hamburg-Othmarschen three months ago. It seems to be a good time for multiplex cinemas.
Today UCI Kino has 9 halls with about 2.500 seats, among them an IMAX with 249 seats since 2018.

Cinema La Palace in Tunis/Tunisia

Cinema La Palace is located on Avenue Habib Bourguiba, the central thoroughfare of Tunis, and the historical political and economic heart of Tunisia. The hotel Rossini Palace openend in 1902 and restored in 2002. Paul Baron was the architect of this art noveau building. It is still standing, not used as a hotel anymore, but the cinema is working.
Originally here was as a theater for the Italian community in Tunisia - Le théâtre Italien is written on the postcard. Later a cinema was opened.
On wikipedia you can read, cinema was opened in the 1920s. But this postcard is dated on 7 May 1916 (not stamped) and already shows a cinema.

21 May 2019

Zentral-Lichtspiele in Riesa/Germany

An interesting postcard from Zentral-Lichtspiele in Gröba. Gröba is since 1923 a part of Saxon town Riesa. Kinowiki writes that this cinema was opened in 1913 with 400 places. I think this postcard is from 1913, an adcard from the opening. It was published by the magazine Der Artist
I wonder where the hall for 400 places was. The look into the projection room and the engine room is very interesting
I don't know when the cinema was closed - maybe in the 1960s. The building is still standing.
The cinema was directed by Anna Zach, she had later still two other cinemas in Riesa.

19 May 2019

CT-Lichtspiele in Dommitzsch/Germany

Dommitzsch is a town in Northern Saxony on the river Elbe with about 2.400 inhabitants. 
This cinema was opened in 1939 by Herbert Günther. CT-Lichtspiele means Central Theater Cinema, in 1991 it was also named Central Lichtspiele. It had 288 places and was closed after 1991.
I don't know if this building is still standing.

Jūrmala in Jūrmala /Latvia

Cinema Jūrmala in Majori is written on this postcard. Majori is a part of the town Jūrmala, about 25 km west from Riga. Jūrmala remains a tourist attraction with long beaches facing the Gulf of Riga and romantic wooden houses in the Art Nouveau style.
But I couldn't find anything about this cinema - only some sad pictures with empty cinema buildings in Jurmala on this site.

Pionieris in Riga/Latvia

This cinema in Riga was opened on May 19, 1962, on the day of the 40th anniversary of the All-Union Pioneer Organization named after V. I. Lenin and got the name Pionieris - Pioneer. It was a special cinema for children. Architect was Juris Petersons. 
It wasn't a newly built cinema. On December 25, 1923 here was opened cinema Forum with about 750 places. The owner was Andrejs Kerre. (Today Forum Cinemas is a cinema operator with some cinemas in Latvia, a subsidiary of the Finnish company Finnkino Oy - but has nothing to do with this building).
From 1997 till 2004 the cinema was named Oskars and showed movies for everybody.
In July 2012 a night club with five dance halls opened in cinema building.

Did you know that great Soviet film director Sergej Eisenstein was born in Riga in 1898?

29 Apr 2019

Manas in Bishkek/Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek is the capital and largest city of Kyrgyzstan, between 1936 and 1991 named Frunze (like written on the postcard). Manas is a Kyrgyz epic hero.
The Manas cinema was opened in 1966 as the largest widescreen cinema in the USSR. With an auditorium for 740 people. Today it has a big hall with 550 seats and two smaller ones.

Barguzin in Irkutsk/Russia

In 1971, the Barguzin was opened.
Barguzin is the name of a river flowing into the Barguzin Bay of Lake Baikal and also the name of a strong wind on Baikal.
Today there is still a cinema Barguzin in Irkutsk. I am not sure if it is the old building renovated or a new built one.
This cinema is a typical widescreen cinema with 800 seats, found in some cities of former USSR, so for instance
  • Cinema Shipka in Kuibyshew, now Samara
  • Cinema Udogan in Chita
  • Cinema Iskra in Ufa
  • Cinema Krakow and Niwki in Kiev
  • Cinema Iskra in Perm
  • Cinema Komsomoletz in Mariupol
  • Cinema Kosmos in Kaluga
 Whether there is a postcard of every cinema?

28 Apr 2019

Belarus in Brest/Belarus

Reconstruction of the Cinema Belarus was completed in the winter of 2001. There are three halls - Big (496 seats), Small (232 seats) and VIP (20 seats).
The cinema was opened in 1971. 
And that's all I knew about it.

Oktyabr in Smolensk/Russia

Cinema Oktyabr - October - was opened on November 7, 1948 on the anniversary of the Great Socialist October Revolution. It had about 1.000 seats in two halls. Its construction began in 1938 according to a standard design developed by the architect Viktor Petrovich Kalmykov (1908-1981). He was the chief specialist in the design and construction of cinemas in the USSR. In total, there are four such cinemas left - Zvezda in Tver, Rodina in Elista, Simferopol in Crimea and October in Smolensk.
Two years after the start, construction was suspended due to the termination of funding. During the German occupation in the unfinished building on July 16, 1943, the Vozrozhdenie cinema opened.The construction of the cinema was resumed in the autumn of 1945. The opening ceremony was held on November 7, 1948, and until 1970 it was the largest cinema in the city. 

In the early 2000s. the building fell into disrepair. Cinema closed about 2010. Periodically, the halls used for exhibitions - dinosaurs, butterflies, monkeys, wax figures and as a shopping mall.
The postcard is from 1962.
Here you can read more about the history of cinemas in Smolensk (in Russian).