Pathé Tuschinski, Amsterdam

Pathé Tuschinski, Amsterdam


our Amsterdam self-catering holiday apartments are designed with your comfort

in mind and usually fitted with televisions and wireless internet, don’t forget

to check out Amsterdam’s many entertainment options close by. Our favourite

haunt has to be the city’s spectacular

Pathé Tuschinski


If you are wandering around the

Muntplein, Amstel or Flower Market areas of Amsterdam you

are sure to notice its tall and imposing, almost reptilian, Art Deco towers. It

dates back to 1921 and incorporates an astounding mix of architectural styles

from the period which combine perfectly to create a truly breath-taking

structure and interior.

Most people new to the city can’t stop themselves from

popping in for a peek at the astounding and opulent cinema foyer. From the incredible

swirling carpet, wall murals, stunning Art Nouveau up-lights to the mesmerising

ceiling that undulates from green to red – a visit here really is quite visually


Venture further into the back of the cinema to discover

beautiful dark wood panelled corridors with chic flowing chinoiserie

furnishings so typical of the 1920s. The old school ambience here is

reminiscent of the Orient Express, indeed one could easily imagine an Agatha

Christie story unfolding here. Certainly Hercule Poirrot and his perfectly

coiffured moustache would not look out of place.

Swing open the doors into the Grote Zaal (Grand Hall) and

feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end as you behold what is

considered by many to be the most beautiful cinema in the world. Two tiers of

seating meet at either side of an elegant proscenium arch whilst the ceiling

boasts an organic swirl around four Art Deco drop chandeliers. The raked stalls

pull you forwards towards the stage and you feel yourself being transported

back in time to the golden age of cinema.

As you can imagine, a visit here to see a film in the Grand

Hall comes high on the ‘to do’ lists of many visitors to Amsterdam. You might

not normally think of going to the cinema whilst on your holidays but we would

recommend you make a special exception for this unique and fascinating picture

house. Amazingly the cost of seeing a film in the luxurious main auditorium is

only one euro more than shows in the smaller modern screens more recently added

at the rear of the building. Experience the luxury seats in the upper two tiers

for a special treat by paying a few extra euros and you can choose some

delicious food options to take in with you.

The cinema possesses a special place in the heart of the Dutch.

It has been host to not only the country’s epic star-studded premieres but also

plenty of live performances too. It miraculously survived the Second World War

with few physical scars apart from a humiliating temporary name change at Nazi

orders. Following a major restoration from 1998 -2000 it remains in full fettle,

ready to serve thousands more cinema goers who flock here to see films the way

they were always meant to be presented – upon a huge screen with an audience of

up to 1200.


The Tuschinski Gran Zaal generally presents films with the

largest appeal at the time of release so you will find mainly the week’s

biggest blockbusters. All the country’s major premieres are held here and you are

likely to notice a red carpet outside occasionally. If you are very lucky you

might spot some international celebrities. The cinema plays a major part in the

city’s regular European film festivals. Occasionally there are also selective

screenings of opera and ballet performances. Sunday matinee screenings of

classic old films remain particularly popular. Be sure to check the cinema’s

website to see what is playing during your visit in town.

The Stage at Tuschinski

The Tuschinski has always operated as a live performance stage as well

as a cinema. World famous musicians and singers including Marlene Dietrich,

Edith Piaf, Judy Garland, Maurice Chavalier, Dizzy Gillespie and Fats Domino

have all graced this most beautiful stage. In the 1930s a classic Wurlitzer

organ was installed and the theatre/cinema had its own resident 16-piece

orchestra. Traditionally the organ would be played before each cinematic

presentation until 1974. The orchestra was also retired a few years earlier in


History and Design

The Tuschinski Cinema takes its name from its original

commissioner Abraham Icek Tuschinski, a Jewish self-taught tailor who arrived

in Rotterdam from his home in Poland at the beginning of the 20th

century. He set up several cinemas in the city before moving to Amsterdam with

two of his brothers in law who assisted him in the creation of his beautiful vision,

the cinema we see today. Tuschinski insisted on using the best people with the

best materials available and incorporating the best ideas. His determination

certainly appears to have paid off.


chose Hijman Louis de Jong who injecteddesign

aesthetics from the Amsterdam School , Jugendstijl , Art Nouveau and Art Deco 

into the

construction of the impressive exterior of the building. The dominant layered

tiles and organic forms are strangely reminiscent of the work of artist Kurt

Geiger or the gothic architecture featured in batman comics. Meanwhile the

interior design was awarded to


den Besten and Jaap Gidding who created a more sombrely lit foyer and corridor

area before providing a true touch of drama and opulence for the grand Hall.


after Tuschinski’s death in 1942 during the terrible occupation of the

Netherlands, the Nazi’s forced the cinema to change its name to the ‘Tivoli’ –

a less Jewish and more Germanic name. The name was eventually triumphantly

restored following the liberation of the Netherlands. However only a handful of the 80,000 Jewish

people deported from Amsterdam to the death camps of Poland during this time

would ever return home.


cinema is considered a protected historical monument today. There is a tour in

English provided once daily. Contact the cinema for specific details and to

book a place.


Reguliersbreestraat 26-34