Aki Aktualitaten Kino Im Hauptbahnhof

Beyerstrasse 109,
Munich 80335

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Aki Aktualitaten Kino Im Hauptbahnhof

Located in the main railway station of Munich. The Aki Aktualitaten Kino Im Hauptbahnhof was opened in 1953 with one screen and 482-seats.

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

The Aki screened non-stop newsreel, short documentaries and a cartoon. The Aki Aktualitaten Kino cinemas were cheap and successful. The moviegoers only paid 50 Pfennige (25 cent) for a ticket. The show started with an International newsreel by Ufa Wochenschau, then the Neue deutsch Wochenschau was screened, then the Fox tonende Woschenschau and some commercials. After that followed a short documentary then a newreel by Welt im Bild was screened, followed by a cartoon or a slapstick comedy closed the programme. The running time for one show was 50 minutes. The Aki slogan was “around the world in 50 minutes”. The audience could enter and leave the theater at any time. The first show started 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 Munich was part of the Aki Aktualitaten Kino chain of newsreel cinemas located in Berlin, Hamburg, Koln, Munich, Hanover, Dortmond, Dusseldorf, Bochum, Bremen, Franfurt Main, Burnberg, Gelsenkirchen, Aachen & Wiesbadenand operated by Berhard Frank Aktualitaren Kino GmbH, Frankfurt am Main and Aktiengesellschaft AG and Hans Wenddorn.

The FP5 projectors and the sound system were by Phillips. In 1956 CinemaScope was added. Since the 1970’s action and adult movies were screened. The Aki Munich was closed in 1971 and has been demioolished.

Contributed by Ken Roe, Kinospoter
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