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Berlin theaters, shows and cinemas

Though Berlin is well known for all the bars and clubs, the city also offers its tourists and residents a wide variety of different cultural and musical attractions. You can watch a movie, attend a play in one of Berlin’s renowned theaters or listen to a concert by the famous Philharmonic Orchestra. You can take a look at the following page and links to find out more.

- Operas and theaters
Berlin Philharmonic
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Berliner Ensemble
Deutsches Theater Berlin
- Shows and Musicals
Estrel Festival Centre
Theater am Potsdamer Platz
Theater des Westens
Friedrichstadt Palast
- Cinemas
Babylon Kreuzberg
CineStar Orginal at the Sony Center
UCI Kinowelt Colosseum
CinemaxX
Moviemento
- Further links

Operas and theaters
If you think Berlin is a city mainly for drinking and partying, then sorry to disappoint you. Berlin has already established its spot as one of the main capitals of the European culture.
Berlin has a wide selection of art performances, such as operas and theaters, national and international.
For example: Berlin Philharmonic hosts illustrious performances of world class orchestras, ETB is the English language theater in Berlin, that offers wide selection of plays and readings, and of course the Berlin State Opera, home of well known operas around the world, such as Mozart´s Magic Flute.

Berlin Philharmonic
The Berlin Philharmonic is located in the district of Tiergarten and is considered to be one of the most important concert halls not just in Berlin but also worldwide. It is the home of the famous Philharmonic Orchestra. The tent-like building, which was built in 1960-63, is part of the “Kulturforum” at the Potsdamer Platz. The Kammermusiksaal of the Berliner Philharmonic hosts besides small orchestras, chamber players and soloists.

Staatsoper Unter den Linden
The “Staatsoper Unter den Linden” is Berlin's most famous opera house. It was designed and built by Knobelsdorff in 1741–3 in a neo-classical style. Due to renovation work till summer 2013, the “Staatsoper” moved into the “Schiller Theater” in Charlottenburg. During the time there, visitors/guests have the chance to experience Opera- and ballet performance, symphony and chamber concerts (Kammerkonzerte).

Berliner Ensemble
The Berlin Ensemble is one of Berlin’s most famous theaters. It was built in 1880 and became famous in 1949 when Berthold Brecht started a theater group under the same name. During this time, the theater was especially famous for its brilliantly directed political plays. Today, the repertoire consists of contemporary and classic plays from Shakespeare, Lessing, Goethe, Schiller and of course Brecht.

Deutsches Theater Berlin
The “Deutsche Theater Berlin” hosts the best actors and directors with the most famous plays. Founded in 1850, the theater is one of the oldest in Berlin. The theater stages modern and classical plays e.g. Schiller, Shakespeare and more. It also offers young rising playwriters the chance to perform on stage of the “Deutsche theater Berlin”.

Further operas/theaters/ in Berlin can be found here:

Europe-cities

Trivago

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If you are looking for English speaking theaters click here

Shows and Musicals
Opera and theater are not your cup of tea, but you still enjoy different types of performances? Don´t despair. Berlin has more than its share of musical and dance show.
Check out the Estrel Festival with its Star in Concert show, Postdamer Platz Theater with its famous Mamma Mia and Blue Man Group or Friedrichstadtpalast, Berlin´s answer to the Broadway. The following list we wrote for you is just a portion of what Berlin has to offer you.

Estrel Festival Centre
The Estrel Festival Centre is the ideal venue to experience the colorful and exciting charm of Las Vegas amid Berlin. “Stars in Concert”, a homage to some of the greatest music legends, is an overwhelming and fascinating late-night show. High-class bands and stunning dancers complete the illusion of Las Vegas and support the feeling that real world stars like Elvis Presly and Marilyn Monroe are performing on stage. The Festival Centre, which is located in Neukölln, also includes a Hotel and Convention Centre.

Theater am Potsdamer Platz
Located in the district of Tiergarten, the „Theater am Potsdamer Platz“ is one of the biggest theaters in Berlin. The theater opened its doors in 1998 with the world premier of the musical “Der Glöckner von Notre Dame”. Other musicales and shows like “Mamma Mia”, “Cats”, “Dirty Dancing” and the famous “Blue Man Group” followed. Besides musicals and shows, the theater at the Potsdamer Platz also hosts events like the “Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin in February or film premiers.

Theater des Westens
The „Theater des Westens” at Kantstrasse 12 (Charlottenburg) was built over 100 years ago and because of the astonishing architecture, it is one of Berlin’s most beautiful theater for musicals and operetta. During the post war years, the theater was used by the Berlin opera. Nowadays only musicals are performed on stage. The prices vary according to performances.

Friedrichstadt Palast
Berlin´s very own Broadway. Stretching across the Spree along the renown Friedrichstraße, this is where you will find one of the world´s biggest theater stages. A night full of burlesque dancing, ballet, singing and all sort of entertainment is waiting for you.

The links underneath help you to find furher Musicals/Shows in Berlin:

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stage-entertainment

Berlin.de

Cinemas
One of Berlin’s most interesting scenes is the movie scene. In every area in Berlin you are bound to find at least one or two big cinema theaters that have extremely diverse and versatile ranges of films and blockbusters and 3D animated films. Unfortunately, it is quite popular in Germany to have films originally in English dubbed in German and not subtitled like most other countries. A lot of people dislike that aspect since it makes films lose a big part of their meaning and purpose. However, some other theaters in Berlin take to solving that problem and offer films in their original language which in most cases would be English. Hence, before deciding upon a cinema theater, make sure that they offer films in their original language. Other than that, there are always student discounts offered at cinema theaters along with the “Kinotag” film day which refers to a specific day of the week where cinema tickets are reduced in price, so make sure you check out our website for all the detailed information of the above. To familiarize you with important abbreviations, we listed some of them bellow:
DF: Deutsche Fassung (German version)
OF/OV: Originalfassung (original version)
OmU: Originalfassung mit deutschen Untertiteln (original version with German subtitles)
OmÜb: Originalfassung mit eingesprochener deutscher übersetzung (the original version with German voiceover or dubbing)
OmE: Originalfassung mit engl. untertiteln (original version with English subtitles)

Babylon Kreuzberg
The Babylon in Kreuzberg consists of only two screens and shows English speaking movies, usually with German subtitles. Before you decide to go, you should check the schedule because it changes on a weekly basis. From Monday to Wednesday is film day, therefore admission will be cheaper.
Address: Dresdener Str. 126, Berlin-Kreuzberg
Tel: 030 6160 9693

CineStar Orginal at the Sony Center
The CineStar group offers cinemas all over Germany. Even in Berlin you can find 7 different locations. However, the CineStar located in the Sony Centre at the Potsdamer Platz, is the biggest cinema which shows films in the original English-language version. It is also the location of numerous international film premieres. Through 8 different screens, the cinema offers its customers a wide selection of different films. Tuesday is film day.
Address: Potsdamer Str. 4, 10785 Berlin
Tel.: 030 257 610

UCI Kinowelt Colosseum
The UCI Kinowelt Colosseum is part of a European cinema company. Besides the one in Prenzlauer Berg, the company operates 4 other cinemas in Berlin. The Colosseum shows latest releases and blockbusters on 10 different screens. Some blockbusters are shown in its original version. Tuesday is film day..
Address: Schoenhauser Allee 123, 10437 Berlin
Tel: 030 44018-180

CinemaxX
Another cinema, which is located on Potsdamer Platz, is the CinemaxX. With 19 different screens, around 3.539 available seats and a selection of 50 different films each day, it’s Berlin’s biggest cinema. The range of films they offer is not only limited to latest blockbuster but they also show older movies you may have missed. Additional they offer films in 3D.
Address: Potsdamer Straße 5 (cinema entrance at Voxstraße 2), 10785 Berlin
Tel: 030 25921100

Tip: You can subscribe for cinemaxX to get a 6/12 months membership card that allows you to see unlimited movies for a fixed price during this period.

Moviemento
The Moviemento, built in 1907, is Germany’s oldest cinema. Located at the first floor of an apartment and business complex in Kreuzberg the cinema has a capacity for 100 people. On three different screens, the Moviemento shows its customers independent foreign and German movies. On Sundays you can also enjoy a breakfast buffet before the film starts. Film days are on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Address: Kottbusser Damm 22, 10967 Berlin
Tel: 030 692 47 85

Further English speaking cinemas in Berlin can be found here:

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