High tech, nostalgia or open air – the choice is yours
Dear readers, it should not have escaped your notice in recent years that with the Hügelhelden editorial team you are dealing with a couple of immortally in love and hopelessly lost cinema enthusiasts. Don’t you know it too, that very special moment in the cinema? When the gong sounds, the lights are dimmed, the curtains slide to the side with a whirring sound and the projector begins to rustle? That would at least be the “old-school version” of the golden years of cinema, in the meantime this universe has grown in all directions. The whirring of the projectors gives way more and more to the sound of the high-performance fans of modern, digital and computer-aided projection systems – the future does not stop at the good old cinema.
Nevertheless, even here in the region, you can still experience the full range of cinema. Classic, modern, innovative, large or cute. Today we want to introduce you to our favorite cinemas, maybe one or the other of you can fall in love all over again. Because one thing is certain, the cinema needs you – the long months of lockdown have affected the industry. So that magic can continue to flicker across the screen, in the coming months you should watch a film every now and then where it is most beautiful: in your favorite cinema. The following list is sure to find the right theater for every taste:
If you want to experience a movie theater like the good old days, you don’t have to travel far. There are still several real classics in the region, traditionally run film theaters and cinemas that still exude the sweet and beguiling charm of bygone days. First and foremost, of course, is the good old Schauburg in Karlsruher Marienstraße. Incredible but true, in nine years the cult cinema, which resides in the former premises of the Apollo Variety Theater, will celebrate its 100th birthday. Anyone who hovers over the golden staircase and takes a seat in the velvety cinema armchairs has found it: the little piece of cinema heaven.
Anyone who would like to know what made a cinema in its golden age, how to enjoy a film in a noble and stylish way, should head to Mühlacker soon. The Scala film theater is a graceful and delicate plant in the midst of the undergrowth of large megaplexes that sprout from the ground and that have already swept almost every small movie theater from the tableau in the larger cities. This pearl has existed not far from the Mühlacker train station since 1954, where almost everything still seems to be as it was before. Heavy fabrics, thick carpet, the good old gong before the main film, ice cream vendors with vendor’s trays…. Here you are even served at your seat, you can even call the seller to his own table with a small lamp by pressing a doorbell button. Cinema can hardly be more beautiful.
Those who don’t have much to do with the charm of bygone days and nostalgic feelings probably prefer the high-tech version of modern cinema. In this case, a modern film palace would probably be the right one, for example the one at the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe. Each hall has been equipped with the latest projection technology, and some rooms even master the IMAX process. If you also value an XXL hall with stunning sound technology in the truest sense of the word, you should definitely stop by the IMAX 4K cinema on the grounds of the Technikmuseum Sinsheim. 12 channel surround sound, 4K resolution films on the almost 600 square meter screen and, as a treat, the whole thing is free of commercial advertising. Speaking of which – little transparency throw-in: The IMAX 4K also advertises here on Hügelhelden.de – but this post was created independently and was not remunerated in any way.
The airy one
When behind you the red sandstone facade of the Gottesaue Castle gently gives off the warmth collected over the day, the stars twinkle above you and your favorite film flickers on the huge screen in front of you, then you have climbed straight to the Olympus of cinema. A visit to the annual open-air film series of the Schauburg at Schloss Gottesaue in Karlsruhe is an experience that you will never forget. If you arrive in time and have plenty of blankets and pillows, you can take a seat on the lawn of the castle, which is partly designed in gentle undulating movements, cuddle in the natural hollows and enjoy the big screen for two hours under the open sky. Every evening, with the film starting according to the position of the sun, there is a lovingly put together program, peppered with specials and highlights. We have already met Terence Hill live on stage here, but also enjoyed the long-awaited new part of the Terminator series in the pouring rain. Either way, a visit here is always an experience.
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