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photoblog image Babylon - one of the oldest still active cinemas

Babylon - one of the oldest still active cinemas

 

nr. Berlin- Alexanderplatz. "The 'Babylon' is the only surviving cinema that was a premiere theatre during the silent film era. It celebrated its opening in 1929 ... In that same year the 'Babylon' began showing sound films; it also began presenting special cultural activities for the Jewish community. During the Nazi period it served as a hiding place for enemies of the regime."

Berlin is a popular tv- and film location (http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2011/aug/17/top-10-films-set-in-berlin; "The Bridge of Spies" with Tom Hanks), and every year the Berlin International Film Festival takes place there.

 

The building with the corner balconies was designed by the architect Hans Poelzig.

 

Babylon - one of the oldest still active cinemas

 

nr. Berlin- Alexanderplatz. "The 'Babylon' is the only surviving cinema that was a premiere theatre during the silent film era. It celebrated its opening in 1929 ... In that same year the 'Babylon' began showing sound films; it also began presenting special cultural activities for the Jewish community. During the Nazi period it served as a hiding place for enemies of the regime."

Berlin is a popular tv- and film location (http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2011/aug/17/top-10-films-set-in-berlin; "The Bridge of Spies" with Tom Hanks), and every year the Berlin International Film Festival takes place there.

 

The building with the corner balconies was designed by the architect Hans Poelzig.

 

comments (8)

Oh, vraimùent superbe Philine! J'aime beaucoup le style art déco.
Bonne journée
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Aug 2016, 05:56
I love old-style cinemas, Philine...I don't think there are any in Bangkok, but Melbourne, Australia had a few of them.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Aug 2016, 06:40
Very Art Deco in design isn't it Philine, and a small miracle it survived..
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Aug 2016, 06:51
The style of the building makes me think that it more 1950s rather than 1929. Is the interior kept much like was or perhaps it has been modernised? I'm not a big film-goer (I refuse to call them "movies") manly because of the habits of some of the audience! I was interested in the title of the film; it translates as "My pen pocket is in the west"!
Philine: This cinema has been modernised in the last years to show more films. On Saturday I'll see the silent film "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" in a church of my home town, supported by organ improvisations. Many thanks, Alan!
It seems to be quite an icon Philine, did it survive intact?
Philine: Yes, as far as I know. Many thanks, Chad!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Aug 2016, 09:45
Good to see that it is still a working cinema and that it has kept the original Art Deco features.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 25 Aug 2016, 11:42
It certainly has some history. An important survival, Philine
Very much a building design of that period isn't it. Did it suffer any damage during WWII or manage to survive in one piece?

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