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I can add that the original theatre was modelled on the royal theatre of Copenhagen (on a much smaller scale) and by the same architects. The building was originally a hotel, named after Princess Dagmar (later czarina Maria Feodorovna of Russia). Legendary director Carl Th. Dreyer managed the cinema from 1952 through the late sixties.
The Dagmar is not a great beauty anymore, but it was still my favorite theatre when I lived in Copenhagen, due to its intimate cafÃ© atmosphere and a pleasant blend of indie and the best of studio films.
I asked the usher very politely if I could have a look inside the auditorium without buying a ticket, and he gave me one minute. It’s a funny mix of art deco/Jugend style, a bit of Nouveau, some South American influences and what have you—I think the foyer and the light fixtures impressed me the most. Didn’t have much time in Amsterdam, but will take in a movie next time (hope there is a next time!) to catch all the details.