Monday, August 8, 2016

Admiralspalast

Detail of the facade, Admiralspalast Theater, Friedrichstraße, Berlin
Detail of the facade, Admiralspalast (Admiral Palace), 1910
Friedrichstraße
Berlin, September 2011

“The Admiralspalast, the Admiral Palace, is a theatre in the Mitte district of Berlin, Germany, located on Friedrichstraße No. 101. Opened in 1910, it is one of the few preserved variety venues of the pre-World War II era in the city. As a place of amusement the Admiralspalast originally included a skating rink, a public bath, bowling alleys, a café and a cinema open day and night. After World War I it turned to a revue theatre, starting with the show Drunter und drüber by Walter Kollo, later continued by the performance of operettas. As the building suffered little damage from World War II bombing, it was home to the Berlin State Opera until the reconstruction of the opera house in 1955. On April 21-22 1946 the Social Democratic Party of Germany and the Communist Party of Germany in the Soviet occupation zone held a convention at the Admiralspalast where they merged to become the Socialist Unity Party of Germany.” (Admiralspalast, Wikipedia)

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