Schauburg St. Pauli

Reeperbahn 1,
Hamburg 20359

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Schauburg St.Pauli

Located in the city centre district of St. Pauli, directly on the famed Reeperbahn. The Schauburg am Millerntor was opened on 24th February 1927. Silent movie star Asta Nielson appeared ‘in person’ and her latest film “Laster der Menschlichkeit” (Vice of Humanity) was the opening film. The cinema was equipped with a great cinema organ manufactured by Oskalyd (Oskar Walcker & Dr. Hans Luetke of Ludwigsburg). The first ‘talkie was screened on 23rd January 1929 with Marlene Dietrich starring in “Ich Kusse ihre Hand Madame (I Kiss Your Hand Madame). The architect was Carl Wienand, who used a new style of architecture called neue Sachlichkeit/Hamburger Moderne/Licharchitektur (architecture with light). The Schauburg am Millerntor was built and operated by Herman Ulrich Sass of the Henschel Film and Theatre Konzern.

In 1937 it was taken over by Schauburg Lichtspiel Theater Betriebs Gesellschaft and it was re-named Schauburg St. Pauli.

In 1942 the cinema was destroyed by Allied bombs. After 1945 the Astra bowling centre was built and opened on the site. Later, in 2010 the bowling centre was demolished and replaced by a skyscraper named Tanzende Turme (dancing towers).

Contributed by Ken Roe, Kinospoter
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