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Theater Tuschinski


2002 Photo from the Tom Blackwell collection
Pathé Cinemas
Renbrandts Plein
Amsterdam NL

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Record #1331  
 Opened: 1921
Capacity: 2302 seats
Architect(s): H.L. de Jong; Kees Doornenbal
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: 4/10 Hybrid
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Information for this tour was contributed by Paul Holterman.

When the theatre opened on October 28, 1921, it had the largest auditorium in the Netherlands, holding over 1200 seats. When it opened the theatre was equipped with a primitive air-conditioning system; large blocks of ice were placed in the ventilation shafts. The Wurlitzer/Strunk organ is currently being restored by the "Nederlandse Orgel Federatie" (the Dutch Organ Federation) and will be operational again for concerts later this year [2003].

Today, the Tuschinski Theatre houses 6 screens with a total of 1436 seats. After the renovation that took place between 2000 and 2002 the seating plan of the main auditorium was reduced to 740 seats to accommodate modern seats and provide more comfort for the audience. More seats are still present but never sold due to bad vision on the screen.

The original architect was H.L. de Jong and the theater was restored between 2000 and 2002 by Kees Doornenbal, architect. The original decorators were Pieter den Besten, Willem Kromhout and Jaap Gidding. The theater has the architectural styles of Jugendstil, Art Deco, and Amsterdam School. (As a matter of fact, some historians even talk about the 'Tuschinski style'.)

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March 2003 photos from the Ian Price collection.


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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 9/4/2010.

 
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