This is a photo of the Kino International, a film theater in Berlin, located on Karl-Marx-Allee in former East Berlin and which hosted premieres until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
The architecture of Karl-Marx-Alle was also shaped in large part by Josef Kaiser, who designed “Kino International” [“Cinema International”] and the 13-story “Hotel Berolina” both of which can be seen above. The hotel existed between 1963 and 1992, and now the building, on which a 14th-story was added between 1996 and 1998, hosts the town hall Rathaus Mitte von Berlin.
Despite differing political doctrines, cinema has occupied a major role across cultures for the sake of entertainment and propaganda since the mid 20th century. Opened in 1963, this GDR-era movie theater has seen its share of varying reels run on its now famed screen. Located opposite the Moskau Cafe (once the GDR politicians’ party house), Kino International stands in strict International style—a particular architectural approach adopted by the GDR for the second phase of building on Karl Marx Allee (Frankfurter Tor).
Though the geometric exterior is, alone, a good reason to pay a visit, be sure to step inside to marvel at the equally amazing classic cinema interior—characterized by the theater’s grand foyer, twin staircases and sequined curtain. Under World Heritage protection since 1995, the theater is destined to be a landmark for Berlin architecture and cinema for years to come.