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The entrance of Theater Tuschinski in 2006
|Alternative names||Pathé Tuschinski|
|Architectural style||Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Amsterdam School|
|Inaugurated||28 October 1921|
|Cost||ca. ƒ 4,000,000|
|Client||Abraham Icek Tuschinski|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Hijman Louis de Jong|
|Renovating firm||Rappange & Partners|
Pathé Tuschinski, originally Theater Tuschinski, is a movie theater in the Netherlands in Amsterdam commissioned by Abraham Icek Tuschinski in 1921 at a cost of 4 million guilders. The interior and exterior are a spectacular mix of styles, as designed by Hijman Louis de Jong; Amsterdam School, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. The main auditorium hosts many premieres of Dutch films. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful cinemas in the world.
The building contains Asian influences while the lobby was designed in a way to offer theatergoers the feeling that they are stepping into an illusion. The Tuschinski's main auditorium has served as both a movie theater and a live performance space since its opening. In addition to a film screen, it also contains a stage and an organ.
When it first opened, the theater contained electro-technical features, then considered revolutionary. Its unique heating and ventilation system kept the temperature even throughout the building. In 1940 a Wurlitzer- Strunk theatre organ was installed, consecutively to a Wurlitzer model 160.
During the Second World War (1940–1945) the theatre was given the name 'Tivoli'.
Between 1998 and 2002, the theater was renovated in its original style. It was also expanded, with a new, more modern wing that connects to the original building via a corridor. The new wing added three extra auditoriums to the Tuschinski.
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