02.11.2019

Kino in Nový Jičín/Czech Republic

Neutitschein, Lichtspielhaus is written on this postcard, sent in 1941 by military mail.

The cinema opened on 25 December 1930, with 720 seats and named Kino Kosmos. It was built by the architect Leo Kammel (1885-1948).
Leo Kammel senior was the son of glass dealer Willibald Kammel and Johanna née Palme. In 1902–1905, he studied drawing and painting at the School of Applied Arts in Prague. Later he attended the Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied architecture under Professor Jan Kotěra. After graduating, he settled in Vienna around 1913, where he worked as an independent architect. In 1929 he lectured at the Technical University of Vienna. During the interwar period he designed in Austria, especially in Vienna, where he participated in the design of residential units and created the marketplace project (1935) and in Czechoslovakia. His extensive work is not fully documented. In the period before the First World War he worked in the Classicist style under the influence of Otto Wagner. In the 1920s he was influenced by Czech Cubist architecture and was considered an important representative of Cubism. In the interwar period he was influenced by decorativism and expressionism and the work of Peter Behrens (1868 - 1940) and Clemens Holzmeister (1886 - 1983). Since the 1930s, expressionist creation has shifted to functionalism. 
The cinema building in Nový Jičín is influenced of Erich Mendelsohn's work (1887 - 1953). You can find other cinemas designed by Leo Kammel in Baden/Austria (Cinema Paradiso), in Kamenický Šeno and in Krnov.

The cinema in Nový Jičín is still in use, its name is now Kino Kvéten - Cinema May. It was renovated in 2005 by Architráv. Now it has one modern equipped hall with a total capacity of 455 seats (287 seats on the ground floor, balconies 86 + 82 seats).

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