Bellevue Cinerama

Marnixstraat 400,
Amsterdam 1017 PL

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CSWalczak on May 12, 2010 at 3:11 am

Four pictures of the Bellevue Cinerama:
Auditorium: View link
Curtain panels rising: View link
Foyer: View link
Foyer: View link

Roloff on September 2, 2007 at 2:37 pm

The final definite last screening at the Bellevue Cinerama was that of a gorgeous unfaded 70mm print of SKY OVER HOLLAND and then CINEMA PARADISO (35mm, not the Director’s Cut) on December 3rd, 2006. I do'n recall the last screening in the Calypso, but it was earlier, probably during the Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival of 2006. The seats had been removed from the balcony then. The two small auditoriums of Bellevue and Calypso had closed years before, around 2003 or 2004.

veyoung52 on September 2, 2007 at 12:55 pm

Thanks. I do recall a very large balcony, tho.

Roloff on September 2, 2007 at 11:52 am

Hmm.. There were quite a few theaters with large screens, some curved, not all of them having premieres though. My guess is it was the City, in the centre, or otherwise perhaps the gorgeous Tuschinski, the Flora, Du Midi or Cinema West / International. The latter two were not downtown. Maybe you can find it on this page about the 70mm theaters of Amsterdam:

veyoung52 on September 1, 2007 at 8:19 am

Hi, this question is most likely directed at the wrong theatre in Amsterdam, but does anybody remember in which theatre “MAS*H” (1970) premiered? I saw it there, and can only recall a very large, though not Cinerama, screen. Thanks in advance.

Roloff on August 31, 2007 at 1:55 pm

The Bellevue Cinerama, as well as the Calypso theater which was on the same lot, have now been demolished. See photos in my Flickr stream: View link

CSWalczak on August 24, 2006 at 3:21 pm

The website: shows on its current calendar that the Dutch Filmmuseum will be hosting a weekend of 70mm films there October 13-15, 2006 (including “2001” and “Battle of the Bulge”), and the museum’s schedule shows a French film being screened there in September. The map on the museum’s website still shows the theater as one of its venues. Apparently the impending demolition has been at least delayed.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 25, 2006 at 12:55 pm

Photographed in September 2005, just 3 months before closing:

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 10, 2006 at 2:18 pm

Apparently the Bellevue Cinerama went out in style. Closing with special screenings of 70mm prints of blockbusters such as “55 Days at Peking” and other great movies. Apparently the prints had some fading to pink, but despite this there were standing ovations at the end, plus a few eyes awash with tears. Closing date was 30th December 2005.

Rolfe on January 4, 2006 at 10:33 am

As of the first of the year, it has been closed down and will be demolished shortly to make way for a Joop van de Ende performing arts complex.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 7, 2005 at 3:29 am

An exterior photograph of the combined facade of the Belleview Cinerama Theatre and Calypso Cinema in October 2005: