Theater Tuschinski

Reguliersbreestraat 26-34,
Amsterdam 1017 CN

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johndereszewski
johndereszewski on May 24, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I am now visiting Amsterdam and just passed by the Tuschinski. The facade is now being thoroughly – and hopefully lovingly – restored. The downside is that, except for the two towers, the facade is invisible to the eye. It should, however, be something to see when the work is done.

Fortunately, the lobby is open to the public and is an absolute delight to behold. The shifting colors on the ceiling create a terrific and absolutely exotic effect.

This is, in short, an incredible cinema treasure – and its best days may still be to come!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 2, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Europe has some truly beautiful movie Theatres,hopefully folks there don’t come to the movies in torn shorts and tank tops.

DylanAsh
DylanAsh on December 7, 2009 at 5:05 pm

I was in Amsterdam in 2007 and saw Little Miss Sunshine here. I’d seen it already at home in New York, but wanted to see it again. Seeing here was like seeing for the first time again. I’ll go again the next time I’m in this awesome city.

BigNorse
BigNorse on July 12, 2009 at 7:10 pm

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.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on May 30, 2008 at 9:04 am

Enjoyed “Iron Man” in the huge historic auditorium, and also the classic Dutch film “Fanfare”
My May 2008 photos:
Exterior of historic Tuschinski & former Noggerath cinema (now another entry):
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Ex-Noggerath cinema, now another entry/exit for Tuschinski:
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STAINED GLASS:
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A “BUTTERFLY GIRL” mural, looking Art Nouveau:
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Mural in JAPANESE room:
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Another colorful mural:
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My flickr set including October 2005 photos:
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px1
px1 on February 29, 2008 at 11:01 am

There is a beautiful illustrated book about the restoration of the Tuschinski- “Theater Tuschinski, Restoration of a Dream” – RUTGERS,BRAM & KEES DOORNENBAL.

Captions and text are in Dutch and English.

One bookseller:
http://www.antiqbook.nl/boox/akok/171721.shtml

Also, If you are in Amsterdam, there are guided tours of the Tuschinski in the summer, They are at 10:00am or 10:30am, one or two days a week. Link below has details.
http://home.scarlet.be/~tsa36492/archi1900/NL.htm

HowardBHaasEsq
HowardBHaasEsq on October 14, 2007 at 7:54 pm

Gorgeous interior photos (click to enlarge them) of the historic theater and history:
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Ian
Ian on August 9, 2007 at 7:35 am

A couple more interior shots of the main Tuschinski cinema:–

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droben
droben on February 4, 2007 at 11:20 pm

Since Pathe spent the money to restore this beautiful theater to its original splendor instead of doing it the American way (closing it), then forgive me if I cut them some slack for throwing up a gaudy sign advertising their cinema company name. We Americans should be so lucky!

cinemajames
cinemajames on December 17, 2006 at 12:55 pm

It was good to see the old girl as beautiful as ever! – I do hate the ‘PATHE’ sign they have put on the front of the canopy, originaly there was only the Tushinsli Theatre sign you can just see behind. For give me but I closed the Nogerath [plus flower shop] in 1983 – but the Cineac’s in the Regularsbristraat and the Damrak were both in use, art movies in the 1st and Porno in the latter! – the Damrak Cinemac was also a beauty in my day
Nice photo’s – well done!!

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on March 1, 2006 at 8:51 pm

I’d vote for Best in Europe!

Ian
Ian on February 5, 2006 at 9:06 am

Recent photo of the foyer here:

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cinemajames
cinemajames on February 5, 2006 at 6:37 am

As MD of Tushinski Beheer BV in the ‘80’s [of the 19 cinemas in the group this cinema is the best in the Netherlands, Europe, the World??
in '84 I was able to replace the original main foyer carpet [50 yrs old] with a new carpet made by the original maker in Morroco to the original patten and specification. It was flown to Amsterdam courtesy of KLM in one peice![cost then $106k] The pile on the original was thrad bere the replacement hade a pile depth of 2 inches!
Do visit!!! and insist on seeing the Chinese room and dont miss the circle side foyers and other smanll rooms of the circle lounge. All in all the ultimate cinema treasure!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 7, 2005 at 4:48 am

An October 2005 photograph of the proscenium arch here:
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Plus other great photos in the set thanks to Howard Haas.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 20, 2005 at 4:47 am

A recent exterior view here:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 12, 2005 at 7:16 am

Sorry the first two links I posted don’t seem to work, but were ok from the Google search I did for ‘Tuschinski Theatre’.

One point of note is that the Tuschinski still has its Wurlitzer-Strunk theatre organ still in situ, although it is hardly ever played these days. It was installed in 1940, replacing an earlier 6Rank Wurlitzer model 160. The current Wurlitzer-Strunk has 4Manual/10Rank.

As well as being a 1st class movie theatre, the Tuschinski has also presented stage shows. Before W.W.II artists such as Maurice Chevalier, Tom Mix and Jeanette MacDonald appeared here accompanied by the resident 16 piece orchestra. After the war saw Judy Garland, Marlene Deitrich, Edith Piaf, Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Domino and Dionne Warwick all do concerts in the theatre. The resident orchestra was disbanded in 1969 and the organ ceased to be a regular part of the programme in 1974.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 12, 2005 at 6:57 am

A photograph of the proscenium arch is here:-
http://oh-no.net/mt/000038.html

The main light fitting in the centre of the auditorium ceiling
http://oh-no.net/mt/000039.html

Some more pictures here:-
http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=fo&id=1331

droben
droben on January 24, 2005 at 10:38 am

I’ve just exited from “The Aviator” in the main house, and what a theatre it is! Everything stated above is true; this theatre is spotless!

Somve corrections are in order. Actually, this is a six-plex, though the other five theatres are in an adjoining building. The orginal theatre has not been compromised. When it was renovated, new seating was brought in and now seats 740 utilizing love seats (actual small sofas) and private boxes as well as regular seating.

There are two balconies and the design is somewhat distantly similar to La Scala, the opera house in Italy, with the balconies curving around to three sides of the theatre.

Pathe is the cicuit that operates this theatre and they are to be commended for such a wonderful renovation. I urge anybody visiting Amsterdam to visit the theatre and buy a ticket, even if you don’t want to see the film. Be aware that this theatre does not offer wheelchair access.

delamare
delamare on April 8, 2004 at 11:04 am

This movie theatre is one of the most beautifull in the world .The renovation was so well done that you can imagine it was recently built .

Roloff
Roloff on May 31, 2002 at 10:21 am

The theatre has recently been reopened after it’s long and postponed restoration, and has been brought down to 3 screens again (it was converted to a 6 screen theatre years before), with the main auditorium seating 740 patrons. Many of the original murals and paintings have been brought back, some that were uncovered during the restoration process.

The cross of the interior decoration is actually a mix of anything that Mr. Tuschinski liked, from Baroc to Art Deco to Jugendstill with Indian and Asian influences, which remarkably works very well.

In WWII the theatre was renamed as ‘TIVOLI’ by the Nazi regime.