Imperial Bio

Ved Vesterport 4,
Copenhagen 1612 V

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Imperial Biografen

Opened on 3rd November 1961, the Imperial Biografen is located in the middle of a large office block and hotel complex in the centre of Copenhagen (a new National Theatre was also part of the plan, but was never built). It is operated by the Nordisk Film cinema chain.

Designed by architects Otto Frankild, assisted by Jorgen Hoj and Svend Aage Hansen. There is spacious outer foyer containing the ticket office and an extremely large two level main inner foyer which contains a cafe on the ground floor and a licenced bar on the first floor. All seating is provided on one stepped floor and originally, when first opened, the capacity was for 1,521. The cinema is equipped to screen 70mm film. In September 2013 the old screen of 15.7 meters(52 feet wide) x 7.3 meters, was replaced by a new screen 18/4 meters wide(62 feet) x 7.7 meters. The new screen is in front of the original position, so no curtain is used. The Imperial Bio is always technically maintained with the latest equipment installed which currently includes Dolby Atmos surround sound, and is THX certified. Occasional live performances are held in the auditorium.

The current 1,004 seating capacity is due to larger seats recently installed with more legroom. It is the ‘premiere’ cinema of Copenhagen, although sadly in recent years has lost some of its audience to a new multiplex cinema at Fisketorvet.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 6, 2008 at 3:41 am

Some photographs and text in English here:
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and more here:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 29, 2008 at 8:44 am

The Imperial Biografen has announced a 5-day 70mm Film Festival to take place 26 – 30 April 2009. All films will be in their original English language and are:
“Out of Africa"
"Hello Dolly"
"The Abyss"
Further details here:
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