When living in a metropolis like Amsterdam, there are a lot of opportunities and ideas for your free time. On the other hand, the unstable weather conditions are ruining the idea of a nice walk through the center, especially if you are a foreigner coming from a warm place, and you are still not used to the Dutch specific climate. For this purpose, Amsterdam has a lot of cinemas to offer, for those who are not huge fans of clubbing and loud music, but love the 7th art. Although, talking of cinemas, there is one that is not like the others!
Located near the city center, between the Rembrandtplein and the Munt tower, the Tuschinski Theater is considered as one of the most beautiful cinemas in the world. Nowadays is a movie palace in Art Deco and Gothic style, but at its time the wonderful piece was the crowning achievement of Abraham Tuschinski – a self-taught Jewish tailor from Poland. Built in 1921, the Theater Tuschinski was erected based on the designs of architect H.L.De Jong, with interior décor by Pieter den Besten and Jaap Gidding. De Jong could not finish the building though, since Tuschinski fired him before the end of the construction.
The theater was opened on 28th October 1921, with an original seating capacity for 2000, orchestra, balcony and upper circle levels. After the German occupation of Holland in 1940, it was re-named in Tivoli Theatre, and began screening German made Nazi anti- anti-Semitic films. Abraham Tuschinski and most of his family at that time were deported to Auschwitz in July 1942, never to return.
Only 3 years later, the theater got its name back on the façade, this time as one of the most popular cinemas in Amsterdam. The building has been used for concerts also, among the artist that have had performed were names like Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, Fast Domino, Dionne Warwick and many others.
Nowadays, it is a place that thrills and impresses the tourists that pass by, at the same time is a lesson for the modern architects and a pride for the “Amsterdamers” that spent the rainy and windy evening in this mind-blowing place. No matter if you want to experience the Dutch lifestyle, to take your girl on one different cinema-date or just have a calm night at the movies – the Tuschinski Theater is a must-see place in Amsterdam.