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The 5 Most Original Cinemas in Leipzig

Kinobar Prager Frühling (Prague Spring Cinema Bar)

The Kinobar Prager Frühling in the Connewitz district is small but cosy with 74 seats. You can stock up on drinks and snacks at the bar, which is conveniently located in the auditorium itself, and enjoy everything from current productions to short films, documentaries and original-language films with German subtitles. The cinema also holds themed film weeks including the Queer Film Week in Leipzig and the films shown as part of the Leipzig Environment Days. Families will also get their money's worth here as the cinema not only shows films but also stages plays and concerts. If you would like to organise your own film screening, you can use the screen's equipment for a fee.

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Passage Kinos

The Passage Kinos (Arcade Cinemas) are located in Leipzig city centre. These are self-proclaimed "arthouse cinemas", as they screen both current feature films and international productions.
The Passage Kinos in the Jägerhof Arcade in the city centre have a long history. The original cinema initially opened in 1915 under the name U.T Hainstraße. In 1988, the present Passage Kinos were opened following renovations, closures and changes in management. The cinema centre is unique because it houses five movie theatres named after the former Leipzig cinemas Astoria, Universum, Wintergarten, Filmeck and Casino. One of the largest of these was the Astoria Palace (1912–1943) in the Südvorstadt district with 1500 seats. The building burned down in 1943 following air attacks during the Second World War. Rebuilding efforts failed, and the ruins were ultimately demolished.

Film premieres frequently take place in the Passage Kinos, giving you the chance to meet actors and directors as well as enjoying snacks served during the film. There are also various special events including a varied programme of children's films shown in the mornings and afternoons during the holidays. What's more, those with a "Ferienpass" (holiday pass) can buy discounted tickets during the summer and winter holidays.
Do you enjoy analysing profound films, interpreting their meaning and questioning why scenes were shot the way they were? If so, the "Psychoanalysis Meets Film" event will be right up your street. It takes place at least two or three times a year and gives audiences the opportunity to examine films through a psychoanalytical lens together with an expert. The event is hosted in collaboration with the Sächsisches Institut für Psychoanalyse und Psychotherapie – Therese Benedek – e.V. (Saxon Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy). Have we got you interested?

At the end of the week, you can watch the "Kulturfilm am Sonntag" (Cultural Film on Sunday). The cultural films are documentaries released between 1918 and 1945 that look at topics of science, art, culture and history. In addition to showing film programmes such as "QueerBLICK" (LGBT View), "Sonntags-Matinee" (Sunday Matinée) and "Kurz & Gut" (Short and Sweet), the Passage Kinos play host to film festivals including Britfilms, Cinema! Italia! and the French Film Days. There is sure to be something for everyone at the Passage Kinos!

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Regina Palast

Regina Palast is located in Leipzig's Reudnitz district and features seven screens where you can see all the latest films. The "Pure Original" section shows films in their original language. The great thing about Regina Palast is that you can sit wherever you like!

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"The most comfortable cinema seats in Leipzig" can be found at Schauburg in the Kleinzschocher district. The interior design harks back to the time of the first cinemas. The building in the Adler area of Leipzig was constructed in 1928 for the Rudolf-Filmverleih film distributor and designed in Art Déco style by architect Hermann Mäding. The cinema has three screens and 435 seats. In addition to ambitious pictures and the latest feature films, family films are shown on weekend afternoons. The week begins with "Monday Originals", which run in the original language – with and without subtitles.

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