Neues Off Cinema | Accidentally Wes Anderson

Neues Off Cinema

Berlin, Germany | C.1926

Photo Credit: Lara Budge

One look at the facade of this movie theater, and you can tell the Neues Off is aptly named. Graffiti tags on the outside give way to indie film “off” the beaten path streaming on the inside. None of it detracts from the “Neues Off” (New Off) Cinema’s appeal as a classic district cinema in the southern Berlin district of Neukolln.

Originally a ballroom, the site was converted to a cinema in 1926 named “Rixdorfer Lichtspiele.” Moving into the 1960s and 1970s, it operated as a red-light cinema before being rescued in 1979 by the founders of the Yorck Cinema and was converted into an arthouse cinema.

The 193 cushioned-seat screening room is all on one level where a green curtain duly opens and closes before and after the screening of each film. The cinema’s foyer is flush with an original 50’s Sarotti counter, combined with bright red swinging doors and a black and white bistro floor.

In the late 1990s, the theater underwent a comprehensive renovation to restore it to its former beauty; it was renamed the Neue Off in 1998. Today, it holds special programs and international film festivals such as the Turkish Film Week, the Jewish Film Festival, and the “Berlinale goes Kiez.” The Neues Off recently celebrated its 30th birthday.

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