Kosmos Ufa Palast

Karl-Marx-Allee 131, Mitte,
Berlin 10243

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Kosmos Ufa Palast

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One of the few new cinemas built in the times of the German Democratic Republic, the Kosmos 1000 Kino is located in the former East Berlin district of Mitte. It opened in 1961 with an ambitious architecture style and 1,000 seats in orchestra and balcony levels.

It became part of the Ufa chain with nine more unremarkable screening rooms added around it in 1996, and the original 1,000-seat screen remaining intact. The cinema closed on 27th July 2005 and is now a nightclub.

The Kosmos was designated a Landmark Listed building in 1978.

Contributed by Robert Burger

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ChrisB
ChrisB on December 8, 2003 at 11:52 pm

Footage of this theater appears in the documentary “East Side Story”.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 21, 2005 at 2:10 pm

The Kosmos opened as the Kosmos 1,000, as it had at the time 1,000 seats;very precise, very communist, very German! The architects were Josef Kaiser and Herbert Aust who also designed the Kino International located further along Karl-Marx Allee. Seating is located in orchestra and balcony levels. The main original cinema is basically untouched since opening and was given Listed building status in 1978. It now seats 984 and is equipped with Dolby Digital, SDDS, DTS and is THX certified.

The 9 other screens are built around it at the sides and to the rear.

boomboom
boomboom on January 26, 2006 at 4:40 am

Since autumn 2005 the Kosmos cinema is closed for business. There are by january 2006 no further information about the future for this remarkable multiplex. The added smaller auditoria are situated underground, surrounding the original Kosmos, hence the recent facade being the original. Felix Kruse

boomboom
boomboom on May 29, 2006 at 8:56 pm

Kosmos today, may 2006, is slightly altered to a discotheque, with restaurant and bars. The main, original auditorium is fully accessable, and certainly worth a visit. The seating area of course now is replaced with bars and dancefloor. Nevertheless the Kosmos is still in good shape, as good as it gets, not being a cinema theatre. Felix Kruse

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 27, 2006 at 11:07 am

A night view, photographed in its new use as disco, bars & restaurant:
http://flickr.com/photos/63438388@N00/287531895/

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 27, 2006 at 11:38 am

A day view of the Kosmos disco, soon after its May 2006 opening:
http://flickr.com.photos/marquezill/197996239

kinokompendium.de
kinokompendium.de on June 30, 2007 at 8:09 am

More infos and photographs on this theater (and many others) can be found on the German language only Berlin Movie Theater Guide – www.kinokompendium.de: Kosmos UFA-Palast

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on July 22, 2008 at 4:22 pm

photo this month by Roloff:
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fascinating photo by Roloff of plan showing additional auditoriums symmetrically arranged around original mother auditorium:
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