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The cinema is the Austrian Cinematheque’s venue; it is located in the Albertina, an 18th century palace that is part of the Viennese Imperial Residence, which is at the rear of the State Opera House. The auditorium was built in the years following the Second World War; it has been used by the Austrian Film Museum since 1965 and was redesigned by Peter Kubelka as an “invisible cinema” in 1989. It was completely renovated during the summer months of 2003.
Thanks to the subtle architectural concept realized by Friedrich Mascher and Erich Steinmayr, the effect of the black auditorium as a kind of minimalistic “Modern Showcase” is more pronounced than before as a space which focuses entirely on an ideal presentation of the medium of film and an equally ideal reception of this medium for the audience. The rows of wooden seats were replaced by Italian soft furniture, the screen was enlarged, obstructions in the line of sight were eliminated, and contemporary systems of lighting, ventilation and security were installed.
Combined with the renewal and extension of the sound and projection systems in 2002, the Film Museum now boasts an entirely renovated presentation venue with vastly improved spatial and technical quality which lives up to the highest international standards.
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