Going to the cinema in style – that's what Lichtburg Essen offers in the heart of the city centre. With 1250 seats and a smaller auditorium (150 seats), it is not only the largest cinema palace in Germany, but also one of the most beautiful movie theatres. Here you don't just go to the cinema, you visit a cinematic palace with an eventful history and memories of the glamour of earlier times.
Lichtburg: Listed cinema
Lichtburg Essen was built in 1928 in the style of New Objectivity. In its early days, it had an audience capacity of 2,000 seats and folding seating. In addition, Europe's largest cinema organ to date was installed. In 1943 the film palace was severely damaged, but the façade was preserved. Immediately after the end of the war, the Essen cinema industry was committed to the reconstruction of the film theatre, which was redesigned in the style of the time and reopened in 1950.
Essen premiere cinema with tradition
During the 1950s and 1960s, Germany's most important premiere cinema was the home of national and international celebrities: Zarah Leander, Romy Schneider, Heinz Rühmann, Curd Jürgens, Buster Keaton and Gary Cooper attended premieres of their films here. At the same time, Lichtburg also played host to musical events. For example, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie or Juliette Gréco. With the advent of television and later multiplex cinemas, many cinemas in the Ruhr Area closed down – but Lichtburg Essen was preserved with support from politics and society.
The flair of the fifties
Lichtburg Essen is designed in the elegant style of the 1950s, even after the renovations. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of a great piece of cinematic history: Today you can meet stars again at film premieres in the Lichtburg Essen, watch the latest movies, but also attend concerts, theatre and cabaret events. As a cinema, Lichtburg Essen is an institution of national importance far beyond the city limits. When visiting the Ruhr Area, you should definitely include Lichtburg Essen in your programme!