BATEK ARCHITEKTEN completes renovation of the historic Yorck Kino Passage cinema in Berlin.
One of Berlin’s oldest cinemas shines again. With their signature sensitivity towards existing spaces, BATEK ARCHITEKTEN have brought new allure to the foyer and two smaller auditoriums of the Passage cinema through a series of precise interventions. This has allowed the historic aura of the hundred- year-old building in Neukölln to unfold in new ways yet simultaneously fulfill the functional and aesthetic requirements for a visit to a contemporary cinema.
The original neoclassical-style ‘Rixdorfer Gesellschaftshaus’ (Rixdorf Society House) building was erected in 1908. Two years later, the ‘Excelsior Lichtspielhaus’ cinema opened on the first floor in a space originally intended to be a theatre auditorium. After its closure in 1968, the cinema was used as a furniture storage space, amongst other things. At the end of the 1980s, the Yorck Kinogruppe (Yorck Cinema Group) took over the building, which was now under a preservation order. They restored the large main auditorium to its former historical glory and called it the ‘Passage Kino’.