Aki Atrakions Kino

Ernst August Platz 1,
Hannover 30159

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Aki Aktualit├Ąten Kino / Atraktions Kino Hannover

Located in the main railway station in Hannover. The Aki-Aktualitaten-Kino Im Hauptbahnhof Hannover was the 3rd newsreel cinema in the Aki chain. It opened in 1951 and had 480-seats in its single screen.

After World War II the Allies ordered that newreels were to be screened in every cinema in the west sector of Germany for the purpose of re-education. In 1950 the Aki Aktualitaten-Kino chain was founded and operated by Berhard Frank in Frankfurt-Main to screen a newsreel programme without a feature film presentation and the cinemas were located close to or nearby to railway stations. The architects were Joachim Schweitzer & Bartels. The style of the theatre was Morderne.

The Aki screened non-stop newsreels, short documentaries and a cartoon. The Aki-Aktualitaten-Kino cinemas were successful & cheap. The moviegoers payed 50 Pfennige(25 cent) for a ticket. The show started with an International newsreel by Ufa Wochenschau, then the Neue Deutsche Wochenschau was screened, then Fox tonende Wochenschau and some commercials. After that followed a short documetary then a newreel by Welt im Bild was screened, followed by a cartoon or slpastick comedy to close the programme. Running time for one show was 50 minutes. The Aki slogan was “around the world in 50 minutes”. The audience could enter and leave at any time. The first show would start at 9am in the morning and the last at 11pm or 12 midnight. In the auditorium was an illuminated clock and a second smaller screen for train informations.

The Aki chain also had newreel theatres in Berlin, Hamburg, Koln, Munich, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Bremen, Frankfurt-Main, Nurnberg, Gelsenkirchen, Aachen & Wiesbaden.

The cinema was equipped with FP5 projectors and a sound system by Phillips. In 1956 CinemaScope was added. From the 1970’s action and adult movies were screened. In 1981 the cinema was tripled with seating in the 3 auditoriums 70, 63 & 70 and it was re-named Aki Atrakions Kino. It was closed in 1989.

Contributed by Ken Roe, Kinospoter
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