Berlinale: Cinemas

The Festival Cinemas

Potsdamer Straße 2
10785 Berlin

Screens: 2
Seating capacity: 76 and 234
Screen size: 10 sqm and 32 sqm
Both screens have wheelchair access

U-/S-Bahn Potsdamer Platz
Bus M41, M48, 200

The Arsenal is the house cinema of the “Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art” (until 2008: “Friends of the German Film Archive”) and serves as the main venue of the Forum during the Berlinale. The “original” Arsenal in Welserstraße in Berlin-Schöneberg is considered to be the birthplace of this section. The Arsenal has always been one of the most exciting cinemas in Berlin. During the Berlinale, this is the place for controversial discoveries and heated debate. In 1999, Arsenal moved with the “Friends of German Film Archive”, the German Film Museum and the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb) into the “Filmhaus” on Potsdamer Platz. The new location offers two screens fitted with comfortable seating and the latest technology.

Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 1
10785 Berlin

Screens: 1
Seating capacity: 1600
Screen size: 17,6 m x 8,0 m
Handicapped access on all levels

U-/S-Bahn Potsdamer Platz
Bus M41, M48, 200

The Berlinale Palast on Potsdamer Platz is actually a theater for musicals. Every year, for two weeks, it is transformed into the most prestigious venue of the Berlinale. The Competition films celebrate their premiere. A throng of journalists, fans and autograph hunters wait for the stars to appear on the red carpet. The opening and awards ceremonies also take place in the Berlinale Palast.

Potsdamer Straße 5
(Entrance Voxstraße)
10785 Berlin

Screens: 19
Seating capacity: 48 to 603
Screen size: 6,5 m to 22 m
All auditoriums have wheelchair spaces

U-/S-Bahn Potsdamer Platz
Bus M41, M48, 200

CinemaxX on Potsdamer Platz has been the main Berlinale cinema since 2000. From early in the morning till late at night, films in every section - except for Competition and Berlinale Special films - are shown on the theatre’s 19 screens. CinemaxX was built as part of the new development of Potsdamer Platz and was opened in 1998. It offers all the advantages of a well-equipped multiplex cinema. Besides several snack bars, it is also home to the radioeins-xXLounge, where Knut Elstermann hosts his nightly Berlinale talks.

Potsdamer Straße 4
10785 Berlin

Screens: 1
Seating capacity: 330
Screen size: 500 sqm
4 wheelchair spaces

U-/S-Bahn Potsdamer Platz
Bus M41, M48, 200

In the year 2000, the architect Helmut Jahn completed his impressive ensemble of steel and glass on Potsdamer Platz, which is dominated by the circus tent-style roof construction. After a short period of reconstruction, CineStar IMAX was re-opened in October 2013. Featuring the 500-square-meter screen (both Berlin’s largest screen and one of the largest nationwide), CineStar IMAX fascinates with the world’s best 3D technique, perfect projection and 18,000 watts of laser-aligned digital sound.

The Berlinale festival screenings are not an IMAX-Experience®.


Potsdamer Straße 4
10785 Berlin

Screens: 8
Seating capacity: 142 to 419
Screen size: 52 to 131 sqm
All auditoriums have wheelchair spaces

U-/S-Bahn Potsdamer Platz
Bus M41, M48, 200

After the nearby CinemaxX cinema, CineStar is the second most important Berlinale venue. The close proximity of the auditoriums to one another in CineStar creates a great festival atmosphere, which many visitors find especially charming. CineStar has a fully-equipped bar, which can also be accessed from the foyer of the neighbouring Arsenal cinema.


Schönhauser Allee 123
10437 Berlin

Screens: 10 (Berlinale: 1)
Seating capacity: 525
Screen size: 6,5 m x 15,2 m
The theatre is not accessible to wheelchairs

U-/S-Bahn Schönhauser Allee
Tram M1

In the mid-Twenties architects Max Bischoff and Fritz Wilms were hired to convert the old garages of the “Großen Berliner Pferdeeisenbahn AG” (horse railway) on Schönhauser Allee into a cinema. The Colosseum opened its doors for the first time on September 12, 1924 and was the first movie theatre in the working-class district of Prenzlauer Berg in the northeast of Berlin. The long, narrow theatre seated 1,200 people back then and was turned into a talkie theatre with 1,365 seats five years later. In 1957 was refitted to serve as a DEFA premiere cinema. The Colosseum has been operating as a multiplex ever since renewed construction work on the building was completed in 1997. In 2005, the Colosseum hosted Berlinale screenings for the first time.

Rathausstraße 1
10178 Berlin

Screens: 9 (Berlinale: 3)
Seating capacity: 322 to 723
Screen size: 128 sqm to 232 sqm
All theatres are accessible to wheelchairs

U-/S-Bahn Alexanderplatz

In 2007 the CineStar Cubix at Alexanderplatz joined the team of Berlinale cinemas. The festival is showing films on three screens of the multiplex’s theatres. The Cubix combines original architecture with comfort, a sophisticated atmosphere and innovative projection and sound technology. Opened in November 2000, the multiplex was acquired by the CineStar Group in spring 2003 and belongs to the premiere venues of Germany’s largest cinema operator. The theatres are accessed via open escalators. From the spacious foyer levels guests can enjoy a view of the Berlin Dome, Alexanderplatz and the TV Tower. Located directly on Alexanderplatz, the cinema can be easily reached by S-Bahn, U-Bahn (underground), tram and bus. Affordable parking is available in the neighbouring Rathaus-Passagen parking garage.

Kantstraße 12a
10623 Berlin

Screens: 1
Screen size: 100 sqm
Seating capacity: 784 seats
The auditorium is not accessible to wheelchairs

U-/S-Bahn Zoologischer Garten

The Delphi-Filmpalast am Zoo, otherwise known as the Delphi, has been used as a location for the Berlinale almost form the beginning. Since 1981 it has been one of the main venues for the Forum programme, together with the Arsenal cinema. The Delphi-Filmpalast was built in the years after the war practically on the rubble of a former dance-hall. It was opened in 1949 by the cinema owner Walter Jonigkeit, whose aim was to make it the city'’s largest and most elegant cinema for premieres. Today the Delphi’s technology is state-of-the-art, whilst its interior still shines with the glory of a bygone cinematic era.

Modern and cosy

Bötzowstraße 1-5
10407 Berlin

Screens: 5 (Berlinale: 1)
Screen size: 11 m x 4,70 m
Seating capacity: 325
The auditorium is accessible to wheelchairs

Tram M4, Bus 200

With five screens the Filmtheater am Friedrichshain is Berlin’s largest art-house cinema. During the Berlinale the main auditorium plays host to Generation Kplus screenings. The building dates back to the twenties and during its eventful history has been almost continuously used as a cinema. In 1991 it was almost privatised, and it was only when local residents intervened that the cinema was saved from being turned into an office and apartment complex. In 1995 the film-maker Michael Verhoeven bought the building and, with the help of the cinema chain York Kino GmbH, arranged for it to be renovated. Today the Filmtheater am Friedrichshain combines delightful architectural details, dating back to the original building, with all the amenities of a modern interior. The “FaF” is, in fact, one of the city's favourite cinemas, not least because of the generous leg-room and the comfortable double seats.

Friedrichstraße 107
10117 Berlin

Screens: 1
Seating capacity: 1,895
Screen size: ca. 21 m x 9 m
5 wheelchair spaces

U-Bahn Oranienburger Tor
S-Bahn Oranienburger Straße

The Berlinale got a huge boost by gaining the Friedrichstadt-Palast as a venue in 2009. With 1,895 seats, 1,750 of which are available for film screenings, it will be the biggest cinema at the International Film Festival. Here the festival will show movies from the Competition and Berlinale Special Gala sections. Normally the Friedrichstadt-Palast serves as Europe’s largest and most modern show theatre. The Berlin institution has a hundred years of history behind it and was rebuilt in 1984 – on a gigantic scale. The Friedrichstadt-Palast is home to the largest theatre stage in the world. By installing certified, top-range professional cinema equipment every year, the show theatre is transformed into a “film palace” for both weeks of the Berlinale.

Schaperstraße 24
10719 Berlin

Theatres: 2 (Berlinale: 1)
Seating capacity: 986
Screen size: 12,8m x 5,4m
4 wheelchair spaces
Handicapped access on all levels

U-Bahn Spichernstraße
Bus 204, 249

In 2001 the Berliner Festspiele found a congenial home in one of the most significant theatre buildings of post-war Germany. What is today the Haus der Berliner Festspiele was opened in 1963 as the “Theater der Freien Volksbühne” under Erwin Piscator and – alongside the Deutsche Oper Berlin – is one of the best known designs by Berlin architect Fritz Bornemann. Set in a garden, the theatre building opens up towards the city through broad glass façades. The interior continues the democratic ideal of post-war modernist architecture. The action on stage can be equally well seen and heard from any seat in the theatre. The pulsating centre of the festivals and events of the Berliner Festspiele, it presents top quality theatre productions, concerts, readings and discussions by international artists all year long.

John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin

Screens: 2
Seating capacity: 1025 and 385
Screen size: 6 x 14,5 m and 3,5 x 7,5 m
Wheelchair spaces: 6 and 2
Wheelchair access on all levels

S-Bahn Hauptbahnhof
U-Bahn Bundestag
Bus M85, 100

The Haus der Kulturen der Welt is the venue for the premieres of Generation, the Berlinale’s section for children and youths. The building dating to 1957 is one of Berlin’s most extraordinary architectural gems. It is located in the middle of the Tiergarten park, Berlin’s “green lung”, and was originally used as a convention centre. The building with its remarkable roof was the US contribution to the INTERBAU 57 International Building Exhibition and was built according to the plans of Hugh Stubbins, a pupil of Walter Gropius. Berliners – famous for their on-the-mark humour - soon nicknamed the new landmark the “pregnant oyster”. In 1980, however, the roof collapsed, killing a journalist. After a thorough investigation into the collapse, the Berlin Senate decided to rebuild it – a process which took five years.

Karl-Marx-Allee 33
10178 Berlin

Screens: 1
Seating capacity: 551
Screen size: 14 m x 6 m
The auditorium has wheelchair access

U-Bahn Schillingstraße
S-Bahn Alexanderplatz

Many Berliners consider the International to be the most beautiful cinema in the city. Built between 1961 and 1964, it belongs to the most impressive buildings of “GDR modernism”. A classical movie theatre with a grand foyer, twin staircases, comfortable seating, exquisite paneling and a sequined curtain in front of the screen, the International still exudes the atmosphere of a time when it was a show-piece of an optimistic GDR culture. During the Berlinale, films from the Panorama, the Competition, the Berlinale Special and the Berlinale Classics are shown here. Selected Panorama films are premiered at the International.

Niederkirchnerstraße 7
10963 Berlin

Screens: 1
Seating capacity: 200
Screen Size: 7,2 m x 3,2m
The auditorium has wheelchair access

5 min walk from Potsdamer Platz, Shuttle Service

U-/S-Bahn Potsdamer Platz
Bus M41, M48, 200

The building was constructed as an arts and crafts museum in 1881, in accordance with plans by the architect Martin Gropius. Ever since, it has served almost continually as a location for art and culture. Today, the Martin-Gropius-Bau is one of the most-visited exhibition spaces in Berlin.
During the Berlinale the building provides a prestigious setting for the European Film Market (EFM) and creates a communicative atmosphere with it’s open architecture. The Martin-Gropius-Bau is home to a fully-equipped 200-seat cinema, which is available for EFM and Culinary Cinema screenings during the festival.

Unter den Linden 2
10117 Berlin

Screens: 1
Size: 35 sqm
Seating capacity: 160
4 wheelchair spaces

S-Bahn Hackescher Markt
U Französische Straße
U-Bahn Hausvogteiplatz
Bus 100, 200, TXL

The Zeughaus cinema is in the DHM, the German Historical Museum. This is located right next to the Museum Island in the heart of Berlin’s historical centre, in the Mitte district. The cinema re-opened its doors to the public after the German Historical Museum was completely renovated, and even partly re-built, by the Chinese architect I.M. Pei in 2001. The cinema's auditorium is listed as a historical monument and since 2004 has been one of the venues which plays host to the Berlinale Retrospective.

Hardenbergstraße 29a
10623 Berlin

Screens: 7
Seating capacity: 1,650 all in all
Screen sizes:
Screen 1: 21 m x 8,80 m
Screen 2: 6,20 m x 14,80 m
Screen 3: 5,75 m x 11,80 m
Screen 4: 5,85 m x 14,00 m
Screen 5: 5,05 m x 12,05 m
Clubkino A and B: 3,25 m x 6,00 m
All theatres but the Clubkino B are accessible to wheelchairs

U-/S-Bahn Zoologischer Garten
U-Bahn Kurfürstendamm

The Zoo Palast opened its doors in November 2013 after nearly three years of reconstruction. Its seven theatres, each individually refurbished in accordance with historical monument guidelines, offer a total of 1,650 wide, reclining leather seats and generous legroom. Up to 850 guests can be housed in the main auditorium during the Berlinale.
For many decades the Zoo Palast cinema was the heart and soul of the Berlinale. In the first few years of its existence the festival was spread between various different cinemas in West Berlin. It wasn't until 1957 that a proper festival cinema was built in the form of the Zoo Palast. Until 1999 the Zoo Palast remained both the Berlinale's home and the venue for the premieres of films in the Competition section. The cinema's main auditorium with seating capacity for over 1000 people saw film history in the making. Starting in 2014, the Zoo Palast will once again be a regular Berlinale venue.