Berlin Wintergarten theatre

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Berlin Wintergarten theatre
Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1988-035-15, Berlin, Wintergarten.jpg
July 1940
LocationBerlin, Germany
DemolishedJune 1944
Wintergarten, Potsdamer Strasse, 2010

The Berlin Wintergarten theatre was a large variety theatre in Berlin-Mitte.[1]

It opened in 1887 and was destroyed by bombs in June 1944.[2]

The name was taken on by a theatre in Potsdamer Strasse in 1992.

The Skladanowsky brothers showcased the first short movie presentation ever at the theatre in 1895, making it the first movie theater in history. But it was a multi-use variety theatre, not a true kino. As Erwin Panofsky recalls, in about 1905 "there was only one obscure and faintly disreputable kino in the whole city of Berlin, bearing, for some unfathomable reason, the English name of 'The Meeting Room'".[3]

Media related to Wintergarten (Varieté) at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 52°30′08″N 13°21′52″E / 52.50222°N 13.36444°E / 52.50222; 13.36444


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  2. ^ Getty Images
  3. ^ Panofsky,E, "Style and Medium in the Motion Pictures", Transition, 26, (1937)