Aki Aktualitaten Kino Im Hauptbahnhof

Bahnhofsplatz 9 ,
Nuremberg 90443

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Aki Aktualitaten Kino Im Hauptbahnhof

Located in the main railway station in Nurenburg. The Aki Aktualitaten Kino Im Hauptbahnhof Nurnberg was the 9th cinema in the Aki chain and opened in 1953 with one screen and 585-seats.

After World War II the Allies ordered that newsreels 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 was founded and operated by Berhard Frank in Franfurt Main to screen a newsreel programme without a feature film presentation and the cinemas were located close or in a railway station. The architects were Joachim Schweitzer & Bartels. The style of the theatre was Moderne.

The Aki screened non-stop newsreels, short documentaries and a cartoon. The Aki Aktualitaten Kino cinemas were successful and cheap. The moviegoers only paid 50 Pfennige (25 cent) for a ticket. The show started with an International newsreel by Ufa Wochenschau, the the Neue deutsche Wochenschau was screened, then Fox tonende Wochenschau and some commercials. After that followed a short documentary then a newsreel 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 Nurnberg was part of the Aki Aktualitaten Kino chain of newsreel theaters located in Berlin, Koln, Munich, Hannover, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Bochum, Bremen, Frankfurt Main, Gelsenkirchen, Aachen & Wiesbaden and were operated by Berhard Frank Aktualitaten Kino GmbH Frankfurt am Main and Aktiengesellschaft AG.

The FP projectors and the sound system were by Phillips. In 1956 CinemaScope was added. From the 1970’s newreels were dropped and their place were taken by action and adult movies. The Aki Nurnberg was closed in 1999.

Contributed by Ken Roe, Kinospoter
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