Even though Berlin's cinemas still have to close their doors, the curtains are not down completely. Some local cinemas offer a great streaming selection of movies that you can now watch from the comfort of your living room. Life might feel like a bad movie right now, but it never hurts to distract yourself a little, especially when - at the same time - you can support your movie theatre around the corner. As many Berlin businesses they are in urgent need of your help and encouragement.
After all, soon your favourite cinema will be back with the motto: Raise the curtain and roll the film!
And another tip: Since the Berlinale is supposed to take place this week, we've put together 11 tips for exciting films from the last Berlinale years for you. If you want to get that real Berlinale feeling at home, check out our 11 Berlinale movies you should stream now.
New: Indiekino Club
With Indiekino Club, a new offer of independent Berlin cinemas and Indiekino Berlin Magazine goes online at the beginning of March 21. You can watch selected arthouse and indie films at home on your laptop and then - when it starts again - go to the cinema at a reduced rate with the Club Card. So far, Sputnik Kino, Filmrauschpalast, Il Kino, City Kino Wedding, Brotfabrik Kino, fsk-Kino and Klick Kino are participating.
To keep the lights on: The Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art has opened its digital cinema arsenal 3 to everyone. On their website you can register for Arsenal 3 and watch a carefully curated programme.
Soon to be online: Yorck on demand
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Berlin's Yorck Group, which owns popular cinemas such as Cinema Paris, Delphi, Delphi Lux and International, is also planning to expand its movie theaters to include a virtual space. The digital program is not intended to be a substitute for a cinema experience, but a long-term addition to the live experience in the arthouse cinemas.
behind the tree
The Berlin-based streaming service behind the tree specializes in indie films curated and presented by artists like Jessica Schwarz or Frederick Lau. Five films rotate every month.
Support your local movie theatre: vouchers and donations
The crisis is threatening the existence of many cinemas, especially the smaller ones. To help make sure, that the curtain rises again in your favourite movie theatre, you can support them here:
- 33 Berlin art house cinemas have therefore joined forces and launched the support campaign "Fortsetzung: folgt" on Startnext
- The Moviemento Kinos Moviemento, Central and Tonis have issued a special voucher called Kinokalypse to support the cinemas during this difficult time.
- You can support the Yorck Kinos by buying cinema vouchers or a subscription.
- The Lichtblick Kino is also offering online vouchers.
- The Bundesplatz cinema has also set up a donation account and a shop with vouchers.
No time to die - Interviews with cinema owners
The Kinokompendium is the website where you can find out everything about the Berlin cinema landscape. In order to shorten the time until the reopening, the Kinokompendium team visited a few of the houses, took new photos and conducted interviews with the owners.
Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen
The Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen is also closed. But on the website you can look at a digital photo album of Berlin's cinema history and reminisce about your best cinema visits.
Your backyard becomes a facade cinema: You can apply for Windowflicks with your backyard, so that a film is projected on the wall of the backyard for you and your neighbours. With the film projection you support the crowdfunding campaign of Berlin's arthouse cinemas - and have a very special cinema experience.
And always remember: "The night is darkest before the dawn. And I promise you the dawn is coming." Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight.