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

9 Sep 2018

Apollo Service Kino in Altena/Germany

Altena is a town in West Germany with about 17,000 inhabitants. It is famous for its castle, where the world's first youth hostel was established inside the castle in 1912.
Another famous building and listed monument has used as a cinema since 1924, today known as Apollo Service-Kino. Originally the house was built as a silversmith in 1901 in the middle of the street, later used as an inn. 
The cinema is famous for high quality of entertainment and service. The management won in 2002 and 2003 the German Cinema Manager Award for extraordinary marketing campaigns on films. Cinema de Luxe.
I got this postcard via postcrossing from Conny. She loves herself this little cinema island with its good old cinema feeling. The postcard was painted by cinema's owner Nicole Güldner.
Danke, Conny, für die Postkarte!

La Clef in Paris/France

It is a sad postcard - the cinema La Clef in Paris was closed in April 2018. 
The Clef was part of the network of independent Parisian Cinemas (CIP), composed of the Grand Action, Max Linder, Ursulines, etc. - many places of cinema that contribute to make Paris the film capital of the world.
The cinema was opened in the 1969 with three halls with 226, 83 and 81 seats. The name and sign La Clef - The Key comes from the locatio at the intersection of rue Daubenton and rue de la Clef . A good name for a neighborhood cinema. Later the house had only two halls and was used for exhibitions and events. Look at salles-cinemas.com for more information and pictures.

1 Sep 2018

Cinéma Opéra in Reims/France

The Cinéma Opéra was built in 1922, and was designed by architect Émile Thion & Marcel Rousseau in an Art Nouveau style. It was a single screen cinema with seating for 1,500 in orchestra & balcony levels. The rue Thillois façade has been inscribed since 1981 in the Supplementary Inventory of Historic Monuments.
In 1981 Cinéma Opéra was subdivided into six halls with total of 1366 seats. The entrance - showing at the postcard - has been reversed to the rear of the building at 3 rue Théodor Dubois, using the former stage as a foyer. 
At wikipedia is written: The current cinema is destined for partial demolition with preservation of the listed facade to move, in 2018, the place Drouet Erlon, to create a larger and more modern multiplex of 11 rooms and 1600 seats. The Théodore Dubois building will be replaced by an apartment building.
The postcard is an ad card for the movies on last days of 2004, among them The Incredibles.
The photo from the cinema is taken in autumn 2004. You can see posters from Brodeuses, Un  long dimanche de fiançailles, 2046, Genesis.
Merci, Aldo, pour la carte postale!