18 Mar 2019

Apollotheater in Lüdenscheid/Germany

This impressive building was in Lüdenscheid from 1939 to 1971. The architect was Hans Huth. The cinema opened with 1074 seats. The owner was Franz Bruckmann, who had some cinemas in Lüdenscheid, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Berlin.
I think, the postcard was published in the first months of the cinema. 
It is not far away from Apollo Service Kino in Altena.



16 Mar 2019

Kino International in Berlin/Germany- "Festtage des sowjetischen Films in der DDR" 1964

Kino International was opened on November 15, 1963. This photo was taken in May 1964 and published as a postcard by Kunstanstalt Straub und Fischer in Meiningen.
The cinema advertises Festtage des sowjetischen Films in der DDR / Festival of Soviet film in the GDR. As read on the website of DEFA-Stiftung there were shown movies like Die Ballade vom Soldaten / Баллада о солдате / Ballad of a Soldier (Director: Grigori Chukrai, USSR 1959), Die Kraniche ziehen / Летят журавли / The Cranes are Flying (Director: Mikhail Kalatozov, USSR 1957) and Ein Menschenschicksal / Судьба человека / Fate of a Man (Director: Sergei Bondarchuk, USSR 1959). And maybe one of the famous Soviet fairy tale movies? 

15 Mar 2019

Kino International in Berlin/Germany - "Chronik eines Mordes" 1965

This postcard is a photo sent as a postcard in 1967, a unique postcard. The photo was taken maybe in February 1965, when the movie Chronik eines Mordes / The Story of a Murder was shown at Kino International. It is an East German DEFA movie following the novel Die Jünger Jesu by Leonhard Frank. Director was Joachim Hasler. You can see the actress Angelica Domröse in the main role at the poster.

11 Mar 2019

Cinema in Réhon/France

Réhon is a commune in North-Eastern France, next to Belgium. In 2016, there lived about 3800 people. I think the picture was taken in the early 1910's, then Réhon had about 2050 inhabitants. Réhon was a center of steel smelting in the 19th and 20th centuries. At the beginning of the 20th century, the number of inhabitants grew strongly. Of corse these inhabitants wanted some friendly hours after work. A cinema opened in Réhon.
Maybe the photo was taken for the opening of the cinema. You can see a couple in the entrance. And five small trees decorate the street. I couldn't find anything about this cinema. I think it didn't work long time. But a postcard is left.

10 Mar 2019

Cinéma Le Castillet in Perpignan/France

Perpignan is the France's most southern city with about 120.000 inhabitants, 13 km west of the Mediterranean coast. The Castillet is a famous fortification in Perpignan, partly destroyed in the early 20th century. Cinema Le Castillet is located on the plot of land left vacant by the destruction of Perpignang's historic ramparts. 
The cinema was inaugurated on November 7, 1911 in a new yellow painted building in modern style. The architect was Eugène Montès, sculptures were created by Alexandre Guénot. At that time cinemas opened normally in already existing buildings, mostly inns  and hostels. So it is one of the oldest cinema buildings in the world.
And still in activity Le Castillet can claim today the title of the oldest cinema in France. The facades and roofs are listed as historic monuments in 1997.
Joan Font (1884-1977), who personally knew the Lumière brothers, founded the cinema, which has since been owned by the family. Originally a single hall with 1.100 seats, the Castillet becomes a multisalles of six the eight screens for capacity of 1.872 seats. 
You can read on the postcard "Cinema et Skating". There was an open-air roller skating on the first floor, very fashionable at this time.
You can also see avertising for a movie Bébé. Bébé was a series of comical mute shorts made between 1910 and 1913 by Louis Feuillade. But I couldn't find among the French Wikipedia list a movie with a prince (like written on the display stand). The postcard itself was sent in 1915. 
Today Perpignan is also famous for the L'institut Jean Vigo, the second most important film cultural institution in France.

9 Mar 2019

Cinéma Sandaga in Dakar/Senegal

Cinéma Sandaga was located at the famous Sandaga market which still exists today. The cinema was opereating in the early 1930's.
The postcard itself looks like a frame from an interesting movie. I'd like to see it. Who opened this cinema, which movies were shown, who saw them, went women there?
Here you can read more about cinemas in Senegal in the interwar period. 

7 Mar 2019

Excelsior in Antananarivo/Madagascar

Madagascar - second country named after a movie (first one was Brazil:).
I got a good offer and bought some old postcards, among them this exotic one. The postcard shows Madagascar's very first cinema Excelsior. It opened in 1922. It was a place for cinema, skating and dancing - like written above the door. 
Lamia Belkaied-Guiga published the book Regarder des films en Afriques about cinemas in Africa, there Karine Blanchon wrote about cinemas in Madagascar.
You can see on Wikipedia side Antananarivo a picture with two other old cinemas in this town: Ritz and Rex, opened in 1929.