Such as the movie theater in Berlin, Ufa-Palast movie wrote history

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The Berlin Ufa Palace, was not only a cinema, but an Institution that showed the big Ufa productions for the first time. The Nazis used it as propaganda cinema. After the war, it was rebuilt as the Zoo Palace.

  • Movie theater with a long Tradition: the Ufa-Palast in Berlin

    Ufa-Palast am Zoo

    Already in 1912, the Cines film company in order to built the exhibition halls at the Zoo to a cinema, in which up to the outbreak of the First world war Cines movies ran. During the war, founded the film production company Ufa opened there on 18. In September 1919 the 1740 seats largest cinema in Germany, in which all of the Ufa productions were premieres as.

  • Movie theater with a long Tradition: the Ufa-Palast in Berlin

    The silent film classic premiers

    The Ufa productions held at the time of the American film industry, celebrated by some in the United States a great success. In the Ufa Palace of silent films celebrated as Fritz Lang’s “die Nibelungen” (1924) and Metropolis (1926), Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s “Faust – eine deutsche volkssage” (1926), and Ewald André DuPont’s “Varieté” (1925) their world premieres. In 1925, the hall was enlarged to 2165 places.

  • Movie theater with a long Tradition: the Ufa-Palast in Berlin

    Dark Era

    With the seizure of power by the national socialists, the Ufa-Palast was from 1933 to the propaganda cinema: On the films with titles such as “The victory of faith,” or “Triumph of the will” from Leni Riefenstahl, whose two-part Film “Olympia” was also premiered here. Later, anti was followed by Semitic Hetzwerke “Jud süss” and “The eternal Jew” by Veit Harlan and Fritz Hippler.

  • Movie theater with a long Tradition: the Ufa-Palast in Berlin

    Destruction in the war

    The 25-year anniversary of the Ufa produced equipment movie “Münchhausen” was in March of 1943, the last major Premiere in the Ufa Palace, was destroyed in an air attack by the allies in November of the same year. It should take more than a decade, until here again the normal life and later returned. In 1955, the Remains of the building were demolished.

  • Movie theater with a long Tradition: the Ufa-Palast in Berlin

    Symbol of the West

    In 1957, opened at the same place, the Zoo Palast, under the direction of Max Knapp, who was to lead the house until the beginning of the 1990s. The for the urban a new beginning in the West of the divided city, and served to the public after years of lack and deprivation as a Symbol for new beginnings and entertainment. His two on top of each other-built cinemas jointly 1620 places.

  • Movie theater with a long Tradition: the Ufa-Palast in Berlin

    The main venue of the Berlinale

    Its free and open to the world of thought carried the Berlinale, the main venue of the Zoo Palast to 1999. Quickly he was back to the prestigious premiere cinema, which was expanded in the 1970s and 1980s, to seven box cinemas, While other theatres were in their great halls in favour of new demonstration scaled-down spaces that were grown here, the new halls outside.

  • Movie theater with a long Tradition: the Ufa-Palast in Berlin

    Hand-Painted Posters

    The posters on the facade of the Zoo, Palace are painted by hand. In the Tradition of the house was put temporarily on a hard test: The unfolding of video stores provided a General cinema downturn, which also affected the Zoo Palast. There are several changes of ownership followed, the market leader Cinemaxx and UCI introduced the Multiplex, Popcorn and Nachos.

  • Movie theater with a long Tradition: the Ufa-Palast in Berlin

    Vein of the tradition of houses to let

    Gloria, Astor, marble house, the Royal Palace, the film stage Vienna: Between 1998 and 2004 included a number of cinemas around the neighboring Ku’damm, there are Flagship Stores of clothes, labels and cell phone providers are now located. Also the Zoo, the Palace was threatened with a future as a Shop or office space because the rent promised a higher return. Finally, the cinema was designed to receive.

  • Movie theater with a long Tradition: the Ufa-Palast in Berlin

    Cinema to feel good

    The monument of postwar modernism, opened after two years of renovation work in 2013 with a new concept. The operator wanted to make the visit to the cinema again something special, and the Zoo Palast for the “feel-good-movie theater”. Popcorn although there are still Nachos, however, are taboo. Since 2014, the Zoo Palast is the venue for the Berlinale in the Panorama section.

    Author: Torsten Landsberg


  • Movie theater with a long Tradition: the Ufa-Palast in Berlin

    Ufa-Palast am Zoo

    Already in 1912, the Cines film company in order to built the exhibition halls at the Zoo to a cinema, in which up to the outbreak of the First world war Cines movies ran. During the war, founded the film production company Ufa opened there on 18. In September 1919 the 1740 seats largest cinema in Germany, in which all of the Ufa productions were premieres as.

  • Movie theater with a long Tradition: the Ufa-Palast in Berlin

    The silent film classic premiers

    The Ufa productions held at the time of the American film industry, celebrated by some in the United States a great success. In the Ufa Palace of silent films celebrated as Fritz Lang’s “die Nibelungen” (1924) and Metropolis (1926), Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s “Faust – eine deutsche volkssage” (1926), and Ewald André DuPont’s “Varieté” (1925) their world premieres. In 1925, the hall was enlarged to 2165 places.

  • Movie theater with a long Tradition: the Ufa-Palast in Berlin

    Dark Era

    With the seizure of power by the national socialists, the Ufa-Palast was from 1933 to the propaganda cinema: On the films with titles such as “The victory of faith,” or “Triumph of the will” from Leni Riefenstahl, whose two-part Film “Olympia” was also premiered here. Later, anti was followed by Semitic Hetzwerke “Jud süss” and “The eternal Jew” by Veit Harlan and Fritz Hippler.

  • Movie theater with a long Tradition: the Ufa-Palast in Berlin

    Destruction in the war

    The 25-year anniversary of the Ufa produced equipment movie “Münchhausen” was in March of 1943, the last major Premiere in the Ufa Palace, was destroyed in an air attack by the allies in November of the same year. It should take more than a decade, until here again the normal life and later returned. In 1955, the Remains of the building were demolished.

  • Movie theater with a long Tradition: the Ufa-Palast in Berlin

    Symbol of the West

    In 1957, opened at the same place, the Zoo Palast, under the direction of Max Knapp, who was to lead the house until the beginning of the 1990s. The for the urban a new beginning in the West of the divided city, and served to the public after years of lack and deprivation as a Symbol for new beginnings and entertainment. His two on top of each other-built cinemas jointly 1620 places.

  • Movie theater with a long Tradition: the Ufa-Palast in Berlin

    The main venue of the Berlinale

    Its free and open to the world of thought carried the Berlinale, the main venue of the Zoo Palast to 1999. Quickly he was back to the prestigious premiere cinema, which was expanded in the 1970s and 1980s, to seven box cinemas, While other theatres were in their great halls in favour of new demonstration scaled-down spaces that were grown here, the new halls outside.

  • Movie theater with a long Tradition: the Ufa-Palast in Berlin

    Hand-Painted Posters

    The posters on the facade of the Zoo, Palace are painted by hand. In the Tradition of the house was put temporarily on a hard test: The unfolding of video stores provided a General cinema downturn, which also affected the Zoo Palast. There are several changes of ownership followed, the market leader Cinemaxx and UCI introduced the Multiplex, Popcorn and Nachos.

  • Movie theater with a long Tradition: the Ufa-Palast in Berlin

    Vein of the tradition of houses to let

    Gloria, Astor, marble house, the Royal Palace, the film stage Vienna: Between 1998 and 2004 included a number of cinemas around the neighboring Ku’damm, there are Flagship Stores of clothes, labels and cell phone providers are now located. Also the Zoo, the Palace was threatened with a future as a Shop or office space because the rent promised a higher return. Finally, the cinema was designed to receive.

  • Movie theater with a long Tradition: the Ufa-Palast in Berlin

    Cinema to feel good

    The monument of postwar modernism, opened after two years of renovation work in 2013 with a new concept. The operator wanted to make the visit to the cinema again something special, and the Zoo Palast for the “feel-good-movie theater”. Popcorn although there are still Nachos, however, are taboo. Since 2014, the Zoo Palast is the venue for the Berlinale in the Panorama section.

    Author: Torsten Landsberg


A movie theatre, it was on the hard mountain road, in the vicinity of the Berlin zoo, and has been since 1912. The Cines film company had transformed the exhibition halls, in which sporting events a guest to a movie theater and up to the outbreak of the First world war, there own productions shown. Historically significant it was until later. During the First world war, had been founded in 1917, the Universum Film AG (Ufa), and turned into the Cines cinema for your own game site. With “Madame Dubarry” celebrated the cinema on the 18. In September 1919 his inauguration.

In the following years attention made exciting premieres, which were accompanied by elaborate light installations, the Ufa-Palast am Zoo, the most famous cinema in the country. The premieres of all the big Ufa productions were held here. It was the time of the first great movie theatre, Berlin, with over 100 cinemas, the film capital of Europe. The roaring twenties raged and the cultural scene met in the romanisches Café. However, the colorful years of the Weimar Republic of the darkest in German history followed. In the 1930s, until its destruction by an air strike in 1943, the Ufa-Palast was the Propaganda movies of the Nazis.

One of many premieres at the Ufa-Palast: “Metropolis”, 1925

Long break after the war

It took a long time, until the location should be re-bloom. In a shattered Berlin in the postwar years, is more important than the reconstruction of a cinema, for whose visit no one of money would have had. Until 1955 the castle was demolished, in 1956, to Paul Schwebes and Hans Schoszberger, two designed during the reconstruction of the city’s busy architect, with your colleagues, the cinema projects the experienced Gerhard Fritsche, the Zoo Palast. The cinema was finally opened in 1957 with “The Zurich engagement” with Liselotte Pulver.

The light house was after the Blockade, a Symbol of the freedom and open to the world of West-Berlin. The Americans had already initiated in 1952, the Berlinale, which is held in the Zoo’s Palace their new home. From the Zoo, the Palace and the surrounding buildings, a Signal went out: The wreckage of the city had been given a new lease of life.

The romanisches Café was in the 1920s, the cultural scene meeting point

The competition is defied

Since then, the house has been through many UPS and Downs: a dwindling crowd, competition from video stores, the loss of the Berlinale, which was moved in 2000 to the Potsdamer Platz. The Zoo Palast was struggling with his loss of status and new viewing habits. The audience demanded from a movie, an event, a Multiplex cinema with huge screens and halls continued the tradition-rich houses that had to follow suit to Survive. The Zoo Palast experienced since the 1990s, a number of change of operator, the supernatant but all Depths, in contrast to many other the Ku’damm stages.

Since 2013, the Premium Entertainment GmbH, the former Cinemaxx management Board Hans-Joachim Flebbe operates the Zoo Palast. The company also performs several Astor Lounges, and relies on a premium cinemas with wide armchairs and a wardrobe. During the two-year renovation, the historic elements have been worked out, to have the feeling of the 1950s revival.

To mark the anniversary of the Ufa-Palace-opening 100 years ago, the Zoo Palast Seriously Lubitschs premiere film shows “Madame Dubarry”. To mark this occasion, the Metropolis orchestra, a theater orchestra, and silent film music classics also.