Thursday, November 02, 2006

Kino Balázs

One of the best niche theatres I've ever seen was in Berlin - right around the Alexanderplatz, in the Balázs-Kino Hungarian cultural centre.

They operate a first-run theatre out of one of the conference rooms - a wood-panelled eurolounge socialist screening room. When I was there it was to see a late night screening of the mighty Vampyros Lesbos (in German with no subtitles). And they cranked the soundtrack.

They were serving cold bottles of beer at the popcorn stand (and they didn't even pour it into a cup!) and they showed cigarette commercials before the trailers. I'm surprised people didn't just start smoking at the screening, but I guess you have to have some rules.

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