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Built on the site of the Hansa Theatre (dating from 1895-1896) where the Lumiere Brothers presented their early films in Hamburg. The Hansa Theatre was destroyed by allied bombing in World War II. The 957-seat Savoy Kino opened on 14th March 1957 with a CinemaScope 35mm print of Michel Ray in “The Brave One”, which was a German premiere presentation. All seating was on a single level. The Savoy Kino was purpose-built for 70mm films, especially Todd-AO, and the next presentation was “The Miracle of Todd-AO”. Eventually blockbusters such as “The Bible”, “Lawrence of Arabia”, “My Fair Lady”, “War and Peace” and “Ben Hur” played on the giant screen.
In 1978, it was converted to a five-plex, and then, in 1994, to a twin with original main auditorium un-subdivided and a new cinema (the Atelier) created on a lower level.
From 1999 until 2003, it was used to show Bollywood and Turkish films. It remained closed until 2008, when the main auditorium was reopened by the owners of the demolished Metropolis Kino as a temporary home for that theatre until a new one by that name was constructed in 2011.
The Savoy Kino was reopened as luxury cinema, with a greatly reduced seating capacity of 284. It screens English language films it their original versions
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