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The City Kino is a cinema that is attached to the Centre Francais in the northern Berlin district of Wedding. Given that the districts Wedding and Reinickendorf were the former French sector of West Berlin in the times when the Berlin Wall still stood, Wedding was the stronghold of French institutions. The cinema is situated in the rear building of the Centre Francais, access to the cinema was over a long time restricted to French soldiers, who were stationed in the nearby caserne (today Julius Leber Kaserne). Between 1996 and 2002 the City Kino opened to the general public but was only a limited success so that after 2002 there were only occasional film shows (over a period the cinema specialised in Bollywood films). Since September 2014 film screening have been taken up every second and fourth weekend of the month showing an arthouse programme at times in the original version.
The City Kino itself is definitely worth a visit. When you enter the cinema you find a cloakroom on the ground floor, the ceiling on the groundfloor is made of of brightly lit cubes in different colours. Spectacular are the curved original 1950 stairs that lead you to the first floor where you buy tickets. The screening room basically covers both the ground and first floor and has stadium seating. The screen is fixed within a sort of stage that is obviously also used as a theatre stage. The seats are classic dark-red plush seats. I wish the cinema all the best for its future given that the cinema’s surroundings are strictly residential, which makes running a cinema of this type a challenge.
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