02.05.2020

Colosseum in Berlin/Germany

The Colosseum in the city of Berlin is a cinema since nearly 100 years. Originally, it was built as a wagon hall in 1984 and was used as a horse and bus depot until the end of the First World War.
The conversion to the cinema was carried out by Fritz Wilms in the early 1920s based on a preliminary planning by Max Bischoff. On September 12, 1924, the film theater opened. It had 1000 seats for visitors, who, in addition to silent film performances, could also experience variety events with orchestral accompaniment.
After renovations by the architect Karl-August Borchardt, the cinema openes on May 2, 1957 with the film Mazurka der Liebe (Hans Müller, GDR 1957). It was the first DEFA film in Totalvision (the East German equivalent of CinemaScope ) and the Colosseum was now a special place for showing these films.
The Colosseum has been the premiere cinema of East Berlin untill Kosmos and Kino International opened.
From May 1996 till December 1997, the cinema was new constructed to a multiplex cinema by the architects Thies Jentz and Peter Wiesner from the Hamburg architects me di um. The house was converted into a multiplex by nine other halls. But the 50s design of Hall 1 and the original foyer on Schönhauser Allee were also renovated.
The postcard was published in 1957. Cinema advertised the film 4 Herzen in Rom / Roman Tales / Racconti Romani (Gianni Franciolini, Italy 1955).

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