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DP70s in Germany

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Thomas Hauerslev Date: 10.07.2009
Aachen Eden Palace
Two DP70 (1467+1484). 1484 sent to scrapdealer. Remaining DP70 in very good working condition.

Image by Manfred Vohsel

Eden Palace had Fedi 35/70 before with carbon arcs. Herbert "King of the world" Born, did show "TMMITFM" in 70mm back in the old days. Slightly curved silver screen at the time. Eden also showed "LOVE IN 3 DIMENSIONS" and "OPERATION TAIFUN" in 70mm 3-D.

The Curved screen of the Eden Palast Kino
Abenberg Gerhard Wellein, WFT Film Technics (Private)
Two DP70 (1507+1514) from Delphi, Nuremberg, Germany
Berlin Astor Film House (P) / Filmpalast Berlin
  DP70 #1472 09.02.2009. Image by Thomas Hauerslev

One DP70 (1472) from Jean-Pierre Gutzeit. Dolby Digital sound

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Berlinale 2009 - Astor Cinema
Berlin Capitol (»)
  Originally opened in the 1920s. CinemaScope in 1954. Around 1959 Cinerama was installed with three booths. Rebuilt in 1961 into one projection booth and regular 70mm. Opened 1965 as 70mm theatre with 30 m screen and Ashcraft Super Cinex lamphouses operating at 180 Amps. Closed. There are conflicting stories about dates and screen size.
Berlin CITY im Europacenter
  Two DP70 (1870+1877). Opened 21.05.1965 with 18 x 8,5 metre curved screen and Mole Richardson high power arcs. 617 seats. Same building as Royal. Demolished together with the "ROYAL PALAST im Europacenter"). Machines to Kino International january 2009.
Berlin Saturn Super Store
  One DP70 (1870) exhibited on the third floor in November 2013.

A refrigerator and a DP70, please

Image by Gerhard Witte

Berlin Freizeitpark Treptow (P)
  One DP70. Special venue. Tent cinema. Only 1993
Berlin Kino International
  Two DP70 (1870+1877) Installed January 2009 for Berlinale 2009 - 70mm Retrospective
Berlin Mr Jean-Pierre Gutzeit (p)
  Six DP70 (907+908+1472+1474+1866+1867). 1472 to Filmpalast, Berlin. 1474+1867 to Kinoton, München, and then, after restoration, to the IMAX, Munich. 1472 went to the cinema technician Mr. Deutschländer. Then to the 'ALHMABRA' in Berlin (Seestrasse), where it was never installed and later was bought from the cinema owner Hans-Joachim Flebbe for the reopening of the 'UFA Pavillion am Zoo' in 1988, now called 'Filmpalast Berlin' and renamed in 2009 as 'ASTOR Filmlounge'.
Berlin MGM Theatre (*»)
  Two DP70 one FP7. Opened 1956 and closed 1976. One "MGM" emblem now in Schauburg Kino, Kalrsruhe. Demolished 1977
Berlin ROYAL PALAST im Europacenter / Royal #1
  Two DP70 (2109+2168). DTS, SR.D, CP200, ST270, one FP20. Opened during Berliner Filmfestival 1965 with "The Greatest Story Ever Told". Same building as the City. One of the largest deep curved screens (120 dgr) of Europe. 30 x 13 metres. Demoslihed

Image by Hans Joachim Drewel
Berlin Royal #2 (P)
  Two DP70 (1870+1877). Originally "CITY im Europacenter". Demoslihed
Berlin Titania Palast (»)
  Two DP70. Opened 1921 with 1888 seats.

Image by Philips

Third 70mm house in Berlin. Opened as 70mm theatre in April 1961 with "Spartacus" with 1600 seats. 24 x 10 m curved screen (22 meters across). Closed and turned into a supermarket, a boutique and a rehearsal theatre. Reopened about 1997 as a Multiplex Cinema with 5 screens. Largest screen 17 metres. No 70mm.
Berlin Mobile cinema from one town to another. (»)
  This cinema is a mystery. Remains to be confirmed.
Bielefeld Scala
  Two DP70 (2391+ ). Opened 1966. 2500 Watt xenon an 13,9 x 6,2 m screen. Closed about 2001

Image by Frank Stobbe
Bonn Universum (»)
  Two DP70 (1630+1638). Cinema demolished
Braunschweig Kaiserhof Theatre (»)
  Two DP70 (1509+ ). Screen 13,6 x 6,2 m with 1,85 depth. 1509 moved to Grindel in Hamburg.

Image by ?
Bremen City Filmtheater #1
  One DP70 (1743). Closed December 1999. Reopened February 2000. DP70 from Gloria Center Hannover

Image by Torsten Dubiel

Düsseldorf Europa (P)
  Two DP70. SR.D, ST270, CP200. DTS
Düsseldorf Kristall Palast (»)
Düsseldorf Residenz
  Two DP70. 18 meter screen. Closed in March 2000. Now a theatre.
Düsseldorf Savoy (*»P)
  Two DP70. 16,5 x 8 m screen with 2,3 m depth. CP200, Philips magnetic stereo. DTS

Image by Philips
Düsseldorf Tonhalle (*»)
  3-strip Cinerama. Demolished.
Düsseldorf Ufa Palast
  Image by Frank Stobbe
Essen Eulenspiegel (P)
  One DP70 (2191)
Essen Europa Palast
  Two DP70 (2037+2039) 3-strip Cinerama. 85 ft single sheet 120 degree screen. Philips FP20 3-strip Cinerama equipment and prints saved by The International Cinerama Society. The building still exists.
Essen Europa Palast (Cinerama) #2
  One DP70 (No serialnumber) 35mm only. Machine now in Holland in Ton Beetz caring hands.

DP70 without number in Holland. Image by Ton Beetz
Frankfurt am Main Grand Palast (*»)
  Two DP70 from 1958. 900 seats. Ran "Oklahoma!" more than 11 weeks in Todd-AO.The Grand Palast was closed in the mid-sixties, the building was used as a furniture store for several years. Around 1993, the building was torn down. Today the space is occupied by the Frankfurt Arabella Grand Hotel.
Frankfurt am Main Lichtspiele Filmpalast (*»)
  Opened January 1962 with 3-strip Cinerama. 1470 seats. Demolished.
Frankfurt am Main Royal (*»P)
  Two DP70 (757+765). ST270, SR.D, CP200. Former MGM Theatre and MGM Cinerama. According to the late Philips technician Mr. Richard Mai who worked on the installation of the MGM Theatre in 1956/57, there was no provision for three-strip Cinerama, but to this day the Royal has a deep curved screen with an aspect ratio of ca. 1:2.7. In 1991 the Ultra-Panavision anamorphic projection lenses were still in the projection room. Last screening was on April 2, 2003. The first movie shown was "High Society", the last regular show featured "Daredevil". The machines left the projection booth in July 2003. No. 757 will be on display in the technical exhibition of the German Film Museum (Deutsches Filmmuseum). The machine was donated by the owner, Filmtheaterbetriebe Jaeger here at Frankfurt. No. 765 is sold separately.
Friburg Harmonie
One DP70 (____) sent to DP70 Nursing Home in Schauburg Kino, Karlsruhe, December 2011
Germering Kinoton
One DP70 (2223) spottet at the factory July 31, 2003
Hamburg Christopher Mondt (p)
  One DP70 (1859). Bought in 2000. 1859 was reused for spare part needs. The mechanism is used as a display unit in Schoenberg's Orpheum theatre in the foyer. Base and lamphouse were dumped. This DP70 was coming from the 'SAVOY' cinema according to Mr. Jean-Pierre Gutzeit, Berlin.
Hamburg Grindel #1 (»)
  Four DP70 (774+1509+1833+1834).

Image by Thomas Hauerslev, 1998

Original DP70 projectors taken out when cinema was tripled. 3-strip Cinerama. "Windjammer" have been shown here. THX and SR.D, DTS. Present DP70 came from Haus Savoy in Hamburg and Braunschweig. 1833 and 1834 are in storage. Closed and demolished 2009.
Hamburg Savoy (*»P)
  Two DP70. (774+776). Originally Haus Savoy.

Image by Thomas Hauerslev, 1998

Opened 14.03.1957 as the first purpose built Todd-AO theatre in Germany and Europe. Philips magnetic sound. The first film was "Oklahoma!" in German language (songs in original version). "The Miracle of Todd-AO" ("Das Wunder von Todd-AO") was also shown. DP70 number 774 moved to Grindel. The last DP70s removed around 2004 in favor of a FP30E installation.

Filmtheater im "Haus Savoy"
Cinema as it Should Be - 70MM at the Savoy
Hamburg UFA Palast (»)
  Two DP70 (1833+1834). Opened 1959. 3-strip equipment. Large cinema rebuilt into 17 screen. DP70 pair split to two screens.

Hamburg UFA Palast #1
  One DP70 (1833) from original cinema. Demolished 1995 DP70 to Grindel. SR.D
Hamburg UFA Palast #17
  One DP70 (1834) from original cinema. Demolished 1995 DP70 to Grindel.
Hannover Gloria Palast (»P)
  Two DP70. 3-strip Cinerama. "Windjammer" played 50 weeks before opening of the first 70mm film which was "Spartacus". Screen: 13 x 6,1 m and 1,8 m deep. 85 amp. Philips magnetic sound and speakers.

Image by Philips
Hannover Rivoli Kinocenter (*»P)
  Two DP70. 5th DP70 installation in Germany. 16 m screen. Opened 21.02.1958 (Philips Kinotechnik Easter 1958) with 930 seats. Harkness Perlux screen size for Todd-AO: 16 x 7,5 metres. There were 29 metres from the projectors to the screen. Demolished

Image from Philips Kinotecnich
Hildesheim Neue Schauburg
  Two DP70. Opened 1965.
Karlsruhe City Film Theatre (*»P)
  Two DP70 (781+785). Opened 24.05.1960. Philips FP20 3-strip CINEMIRACLE. Miracle Mirror Screen 12,7 x 5,8 m with 1,47 m curve. Throw 21,7 m. UFA Multiplex today and no DP70. One projector (781) sent to Museum Lichtspiele #3, Munchen. DP70 no 785 went to Cinema, Karlsruhe. SR.D
Karlsruhe ZKM Museum
  One DP70
Karlsruhe Schauburg Cinerama Kino
  Two DP70 (___+___). The emblem came from the 'MGM Theatre Kurfürstendamm', Berlin, which was demolished in 1977. DP70 (___) from Mr. Jean-Pierre Gutzeit, Berlin 2004. A second DP70 removed and replaced by DP75.

Walter Siegmund of Todd-AO fame next to DP70 # ___ 04.10.2008. Image by Thomas Hauerslev

Opened 1906. 70mm Cinerama installed 1969 with "2001:A Space Odyssey". Original theatre had a balcony which is now called "Cinema". A third cinema is called "Bambi". Schauburg is home of the Todd-AO Festival. 17 meter curved screen.
  Five additional DP70's in storage. Three DP70 (1496+1499+1866) delivered by Florian Pausch, Wien, in about 2005 + two DP70 (885+886) from the Atrium cinema in Stuttgart + one DP70 (785) from Cinema.

Schauburg foyer projector October 2005 for Todd-AO Festival. Ton Beetz, from Holland,  is seen next to machine.

Karlsruhe Schauburg Kino, screen on old balcony "Cinema" (P)
  One DP70 (785) from City Film Theatre. Former balcony of cinema Schauburg. DP70 removed 1997 and stored in Schauburg.
Karlsruhe Schauburg Storage #106
  Two DP70 (1493+1492) from Residenz, Köln. Arrived, 25.January 2015.
Köln Auensaal. Photokina 1956 (T)
  1st Todd-AO installation in Europe from 29.09.1956 to 07.10.1956. "The Miracle of Todd-AO" and reels of "Oklahoma!" shown on a 16 (along the curve) x 7,2 m curved Todd-AO screen with 4 m depth and 14 meter cord. 273 seats. 50.000 people saw this in a week. Another DP70 exhibited in Philips Exhibition Hall.
Köln Auensaal. Photokina 1958 (T)
Köln Photokina 1960 (T)
  "The March of Todd-AO" projected in 1960 on curved screen by a DP70. Image from Philips
Köln Photokina 1963 (T)
  At least one DP70.

16 – 24 March 1963
Köln Residenz
  Two DP70 (1493+1492). Taken out, and moved to Schauburg, Karlsruhe for storage, 25. January 2015.
Köln Weisshaus (»)

I'm probably the last projectionist, who operated at least one of the two DP70s in Weisshaus Theatre, Cologne, Germany, as it should be,- as real 70mm machines! These two machines where still in good working order in 1968, when I used them, (unfortunately daily as 35mm machines only.) Lamp houses have been Philips HI 85, carbon arc 85 A. In 1968 at Weisshaus Cinema I received a 70mm commercial spot (cigarettes) which had to be shown 3 times per day. So I converted one DP70 to 70mm and kept this modification for weeks, using as change-over-couple for the main program the second one, together with the as well installed Philips FP56. I still remember the story of that commercial: it was a heli-flight between the skyscrapers in Manhattan.

I felt a bit sorry, when I read, that these brilliant machines have been scrapped. The original building, with its great inner architecture (stall and floor) is still there.

In these days, all residues of cinematographic times in WEISSHAUS CINEMA COLOGNE are removed and the owner converts the house into an giant gym-hall with training machines on two storeys.

I entered the construction area one evening, seeing that a 2. floor has been set up in the former auditorium, but the rest of the decoration surrounding the stage + screen still existed.

Kind regards from Cologne, Hans-L. Wißkirchen
  One DP70 for sale
Mainz Residenz (P)
  Two DP70. CP200. Screen: 14 metres. Re-opened by Cinestar Group November 2002. Projectors are looking like new and fully complete. One DP70 removed and replaced by a FP30

Image by Peter
Mannheim Plankenlichtspiele (»)
Mannheim Scala (*»)
  Two DP70. 4th DP70 installation im Germany from 19.12.1957. Opened with "Oklahoma!" and "The Miracle of Todd-AO". 732 seats. Have shown Cinemiracle. Demolished

Image by Philips
München BMW Museum
  One DP70. Cinema from around 1973 until 2004. Cinema closed.

The DP70 in the BMW-Museum in Munich is no longer there. When they renovated the museum from 2004-2008 they decided to destroy the cinema in order to make the fantastic room structure of the museum bowl visible again. No more movies are shown there, but a 360 degree animation. Unfortunately I have no Idea what happened to the projectors. They might even still be in the possession of BMW.

The cinema was not in the original designs of the architect Prof. Karl Schwanzer in the early 1970’s and wasn’t even there when the museum opened. Schwanzer wanted to have a surrounding movie on the outer walls of the museum bowl, but couldn’t find a reliable technical solution for such a projection. For about half a year they had an endless loop of a motorcyclist, projected with a projector of unknown origin that was mounted on a revolving platform.

Only about half a year after the original opening in 1973 BMW decided to build a cinema on the top platform in the museum bowl. This was used for shows during opening times, but also for presentations and special screenings.

Even though I understand that they had to demolish the cinema for the new design of the museum since I am an architect myself I have to note that many people in Munich miss it. Its not only the petrol heads amongst the museum visitors, but the theatre was technically well equipped and the screen played an important roll for shows of the “Filmfest München”.

Dipl. Ing. Florian Rohwetter

2010 update: I was told by an BMW employee that the projector was gutted in 2004 when the renovation started. As far as she knew BMW tried to sell it, but since no one wanted it, it was gutted. She explained that the costs of storing and preserving the projector for possible future use would have been too high. Florian
München City Filmtheater #1 (*»P)
  Two DP70 (1347+1364). 401 seats and a CP200. Used to be City Kinos. SR.D. One DP70 1364  replaced by an FP30 around 1998

Image by Thomas Hauerslev
München Hasso
  Two DP70 from Moviemento in Linz, Austria.
München IMAX Theatre, Forum der Technik (P)
  Two DP70 (1474+1867). Opened 05.11.1992 in old pre WWII war concert hall. Screen 22 x 18 m. 329 seats.

Image by Thomas Hauerslev

Both projectors have been modified beautifully by local firm Kinoton Gmbh to accept very short focal lenght lenses. THX.
München Kinoton Gmbh
  Two DP70 (1474+1867) from Mr Jean-Pierre Gutzeit, Berlin. Projectors sold to IMAX Theatre, München.
München Museum Lichtspiele #3 (P)
  One DP70 (781) from City Film Theater, Karlsruhe. DTS

Image by Thomas Hauerslev
München Private (p)
  One DP70 (1364). From City Film Theater, München
München Royal Filmpalast #A (*»P)
  DP70 #764 17.01.2009. Image by Thomas Hauerslev

One DP70 (764). Theatre opened 13.06.1957 with "Oklahoma!" in Todd-AO. "Windjammer" in 3-strip  Cinemiracle opened 22.07.1958.

Original Todd-AO screen measured 18,8 meters along the deep curve x 8,3 metres high (156 sqm). Screen chord was 16,4 m.  826 seats.

Have shown "Love in 3D", a 70mm side-by-side 3D process called Hi-Fi Stereo 70. Mole Richardson High power arcs. THX, SR.D, CP200. DTS
München Royal Filmpalast #E (P)
  DP70 #770 17.01.2009. Image by Thomas Hauerslev

One DP70 (770) from Royal Palast #A from July 1993. SR.D. THX
Münster Fuerstenhof Film Theater (*»P)
  2nd German cinema with FP20 3-strip CINEMIRACLE equipment from October 1959.
Münster Stadt New York #1 (P)
  One DP70. Opened 1992.
Münster Rezidenz
  Closed 2000
Nürenberg Admiral Kinocenter #1 (*»)
  Two DP70. (___ + 760) Opened 30.10.1957 as Admiral-Palast with 1000 seats and "The Miracle of Todd- AO". The 70mm screen was 12 x 5,4 metres and 2,75 metres deep. The first film to play was "Der schönste Tag meines Leben". SR.D. DTS. 760 (Machine 2) moved to Private, Oliver Ochman in Würzburg, Germany. Closed an demolished October 2000. One DP70 to Projectionist Hermann Bart in Nuernberg.
Nürenberg Hermann Bart (Private)
One DP70 from Admiral Cinema in Nuernberg
Nürenberg Delphi (»)
Both DP 70 are now owned by Gerhard Wellein, WFT Film Technics in Abenberg, close to Nuremberg.
Osnabrück UFA Theater AG - Filmpassage
Paderborn Udo Kaup (Private)
  One DP70 (1859). From an amusement park in Belgium. Sold to Christopher Mondt, Hamburg.
Salzgitter City-Filmtheater (»P)
  Two DP70 with SPP lamps. Reopened 21.12.1962 with "West Side Story". Originally opened 1952. Screen was 13 x 5,9 metres and 1,9 metres deep. DTS

Image by Philips
Stuttgart Atrium #1 (*»)
  Two DP70 (885+886). Single box 3-strip CINEMIRACLE. Screen is 14 m wide round the curve (12,7 x 6,3 m). 737 seats.

Image from Hans Haenssler.

4th Cinemiracle installation in Germany and the first to have FP20 equipment installed. "Windjammer" in 3-strip opened 14.08.1959 (712 seats). Local projectionists claims that "Windjammer" later were shown in 35mm single strip versions too. "Oklahoma!" was the first Todd-AO film. Philips Kinotechnik claims it was "Porgy and Bess". Philips magnetic stereo. Das Atrium closed 1995 and DP70 sent to Shauberg theater in Karlsruhe for storage.

Das Atrium. Home of 7OMM in Stuttgart, Germany
Stuttgart Gloria Palast #1 (*»P)
  Two DP70 (1399+1404) 1901 seats. From spring 1993: 533 seats and THX. On the ex-balcony the Gloria Palast #2 cinema has been built. SR.D

Image by Thomas Hauerslev
Wolfsburg Imperial
  Two DP70. Opened August 1964 with "Cleopatra". 836 seats. Screen was 20 metres wide. Philips magnetic sound.

Image by Philips
  Both DP70 and "Cleopatra" posters were displayed in the foyer prior to installation of Todd-AO.

Image by Philips
Würtzburg Bavaria Theater
  Two DP70 (2326+2330). ST270. Demolished January 2001. 2326 to Oliver Oschmann (p). 2330 to unknown private.
Würzburg Private, Mr. Oliver Oschmann
  Two PD70 (760+2326)
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