Ufa-Filmbuehne Wien

Kurfurstendamm 26,
Berlin 10719

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Previously operated by: Ufa

Architects: Bruno Meltendorf, E. Simon

Firms: Nentwich & Simon

Styles: Neo-Classical

Previous Names: Union-Palast Lichtspiele, Union Theatre Kurfurstendamm, Ufa Lichtspiele, Ufa Theatre Palast

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Built in 1913, the theatre opened as the Union-Palast Lichtspiele and with 850 seats was one of the first large movie houses in Berlin. It was designed by architect E. Simon of architectural firm Nentwich & Simon.

Alterations were carried out in 1953 to the plans of architect Bruno Meltendorf. In 1978 it was converted into a typical 1970’s multiplex with several small substandard screening rooms added in adjacent properties. Only the original screen and a screen in the former cafe retained some original decoration.

The cinema closed on 20th April 2000 and a few years later was demolished, apart from the facade. Retail shops were built on the site, which is 2015 is an Apple store.

Contributed by Robert Burger

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 21, 2005 at 4:59 pm

The original architects of the Union Palast were Nentwich & Simon and it opened with 850 seats. The building went through many alterations over the years, most drastic was in 1979-81 when the cinema was sub-divided into 5 screens and since 1983 further alteration made it into an 8 screen cinema with a seating capacity of 1,204. There was still some original decorative detail remaining in the foyer area prior to closure and demolition.

kinokompendium.de on June 30, 2007 at 8:17 am

More infos and photographs on this theater (and many others) can be found on the German language only Berlin Movie Theater Guide – www.kinokompendium.de: UFA Film-Bühne Wien

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