This 'picture palace' was founded in 1921 by Abraham Tuschinski, a Polish Jewish immigrant deported from the Netherlands to Auschwitz and murdered during the Second World War. Now a cinema complex with several screens, its Art Deco finishings have been preserved in spite of the years.
They're remarkable: a profusion of lights, stained glass, murals, carpets… Everything is so extraordinarily luxurious, for a moment you might think you're in a Hollywood film. The Dutch don't hesitate to call it the most beautiful cinema in the world, and they may be right. The site has been in continuous use for decades.
However, it was nearly destroyed during the German occupation when a group of Nazis set it on fire. Ask politely to visit the large theatre between two screenings; the personnel will be glad to oblige. The theatre is easy to find in the southern canal zone.
Pathé Tuschinski Theatre
1017 CN Amsterdam
+31 20 900 1458