1. Treffen deutscher Off-Off-Kinos in Köln beim Filmclub 813, 28.12.11
Foto: Bernhard Marsch (c) 2011


Kino im Sprengel, Hannover

Kino im Sprengel / Klaus-Müller-Kilian-Weg 1, 30167 Hannover, Germany/ +49-511-703814/

1x Screen, 99 seats.

Tech: 35 mm, 16 mm, 8 mm, Beta-SP, DVD, VHS

The Kino im Sprengel was founded in spring 1988 in Hannover´s district Nordstadt by a group of young cinema enthusiasts, most of them students at the nearby University of Hannover. At that time it was a squatters‘ project as it was not unusual in Germany’s subculture. When the place was closed down by the local authorities, the cinema went on the road for 4 years until it found its home in the current place, a former chocolate factory building which also had been squatted by people trying alternative forms of housing. The theater was put up from practically nothing and with barely any financial resources. It opened its gates in the fall of 1992. After a few years in somewhat unchartered legal territory, the towncouncil of Hannover legalized the status, including the cinema, in 1995.

Organisational structure: The cinema is run by an independent group of about 10 people and managed through the “Film und Video Cooperative e.V.”, a registered non-profit association.

Editorial Line: The cinema’s programme is focussing on independent film of every category, age and origin: Avantgarde, documentary, short and feature film from all over the world. Film classics and movies, which have been forgotten or vanished from the public’s mind find a new or often premiere Hannover screening. Often the shows are introduced by a member of the group or even by the filmmakers themselves. A lot of projects are established in cooperation with local, national and international partners.

Regularity: 2-3 screenings per week

Other stuff: Occasional literature readings, other activities in combination with film/documentaries are presentations by guest speakers with discussion, live music, live-music accompaniement of silent movies, special screenings for schools with presentations of background information (historical, filmographical, cinematographical, media-competence)

Publicity: online programme/ print version of the programme/ daily papers (local and regional)/ local monthly magazines/ local radio

Audience: 30 – 35 guests/screening

Funding: Entrance fees mainly, occasional financial participation of a cooperation partner, sometimes public subsidies for specific projects.

Regenbogenkino, Berlin

Lausitzer Str. 22/ 10999 Berlin,
team at,

Contact: Silke Schlömer, 0049-3061289958 or 0049-179-7290337

One screen, we have about 60 seats, but can stock up to 80.

Tech: 35mm, 16mm, digital beamer

Started in 1981 as result of a squatters initiative. Still in operation on same location, a former small chemical factory in a backyard remise in Berlin-Kreuzberg, we are part of the Cultural – and
Neighbourhoodcenter “Regenbogenfabrik “ showing repertoire, art house features, documentaries, series, political films with discussions

Organisational structure: Its an registered association, and still operated by a team of cinematic enthusiasts on a voluntary basis.

Editorial Line: See before, we play sophisticated and political films beyond
mainstream. We like to do series to special issus or filmmakers. We show original film with subtitles.

Regularity: Weekly from Thursday to Monday, 4-6 screenings for children (school cinema), 4-8 sreenings for adults

Other stuff: After relaunch this year in spring, we started some special events like the described concerts on film. We did also a wine degustation with a film about winegrowing, a possibility of getting a haircut while showing shortfilms about coiffeurs, we did an exhibition with fotographs and films in the context of the fall of the Berlin Wall….

Publicity: A monthly brochure with our programm is distributed, we have a
webpage, we are listed in all Berliner press organs. Besides we do streetmarketing with flyers and posters in the neighbourhood and operate mailing lists.

Audience: To regular film screenings, the audience is low, it depends on how good press work is going. For special screenings mailing lists bring a lot of audience.

Funding: Entrance fee of audience, low costs because of unpaid work. The last
years we became some money in honour of our good programm,“Bundeskinopreis, Kinopreis Berlin-Brandenburg”

Werkstattkino, München

Fraunhoferstr. 9, 80469 Munich / +49 89 52 74 99 /
info at / Bernd Brehmer

1 screen, 51 seats

Tech: Super-8, 16mm, 35mm, BetaSP, DVD, MiniDV, BlueRay

TEstablished in 1976 since then the cinema focuses on avantgarde and (political) documentaries as well as on the cinema of the bizarre and obscure forgotten hidden treasures of the underground. Nowadays we screen also premieres of independent films by small distribution companies.
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Organisational structure: e.V. that means we work as a democratic collective of four programmers who decide for themselves what to show and are responsible for the organization

Editorial Line: Munich premieres, documentaries, independent films, retrospectives

Regularity: 2 screenings per day, 3 at weekends, sometimes 4 on sundays (children’s films)

Other stuff: Concerts and lectures: 2 or 3 times per year

Publicity: Programme sheets, munich city magazines (monthly), in local newspapers (daily), new letters (online)

Audience: Cinèastes, students, people interested in special genres

Funding: By the audience / our film archive / fundings (by the state of bavaria and the bkm – ministry for culture, sometimes by the city of Munich)

B-Movie, Hamburg

Brigittenstr. 5/ D-20357 Hamburg
Tel./Fax: 0049 (0)40 4305867

b-movie at

Sarah Adam, Andy Senkel, Angela Franke, Judith Behre, Manja Malz, Nele Plattig

1 screen, 62 seats.

Tech: 35mm, 16mm, 8mm, Beta, Beta SP, VHS and digital formats such as DVD and mpg.

Since more than 20 years the B-Movie Kulturinitiative presents an innovative and unique programme for a fee of 3,50 Euro. The B-Movie started out as a political cinema-initiative in 1987 and developed to an important and basic cultural association in the area of St. Pauli, Hamburg. Today the main focus of the B-Movie is to present a creative independent cinema programme in Hamburg.
Known and appreciated for its unique atmosphere the B-Movie is one of the usual cinemas used by Filmfestivals, as for example the International ShortFilmFestival Hamburg, the Lesbisch-Schwule Filmtage Hamburg, the Japanisches Filmfest Hamburg, RADAR International Independent Film Festival Hamburg and the UNERHÖRT! Das Musikfilmfestival Hamburg.

Organisational structure:The B-Movie Kulturinitiative auf St. Pauli e.V. is a registered non-profit association (eingetragener gemeinnütziger Verein).
Our association consists of about 25 members, of which about 17 members are active ones which organise the entire business and daily routine of the B-Movie.
All members of the B-Movie work voluntary and non-salaried.
The aim of the cinema is to provide a cultural programme for everyone and to present rare and unique films for a low entry fee.
Another aim of the B-Movie Kulturinitiative auf St. Pauli e.V. is to create and provide a space for other initiatives and to give them the possibility to present a cultural programme without financial restrictions.

Editorial Line: The B-Movie presents a different programme every month. Each member of the cinema can suggest and organise a programme; the final decision about the programme is made by the assembly of the active members.
The monthly programme focuses on different themes and topics. These themes can be a portrait of a director, an actor, a genre or a special topic (such as Lou Castel, Gus van Sant, Mike Leigh, Dario Argento, Nouvelle Vague Allemande, Forbidden Films of the GDR, Sexploitation classics ecc.).
Generally the B-Movie is interested in films that are usually not to be screened (low-budget/ independent productions, old and new ones or controversial films).

Regularity: The B-Movie Kulturinitiative auf St. Pauli e.V. screens films on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, on each day two screenings take place.
Additionally every Wednesday a different group presents a varying programme: The DienstagsKino from the Hamburg ShortFilmAgency, the Cinema for non-hearing and hearing impaired persons and the DienstagsDoku, which shows documentaries on various contents. Also once a month we have the Q-Movie Bar as our guest, which is a forum for queer films. Fridays are reserved for special programmes.

Other stuff: The Hörbar e.V., cooperative for experimental music, meets every Wednesday in the B-Movie and organises a concert once a month. In addition to that some theatre and literature initiatives use the location of the B-Movie several times a year.

Publicity: The B-Movie promotes its programmes mainly in the traditional way of distributing a "monthly programme-flyer" including a description of the films, a movie schedule, and all events of the other initiatives and cooperatives.
Furthermore we have a monthly newsletter and our website.
Additionally we reach many younger persons by recommendations.

Audience: Since the B-Movie curates different programmes each month, the audience varies regarding the different topics.
However the cinema has some fans and regular visitors and relies on the audience from the neighbourhood in the area of St. Pauli.

Funding: Since entry fees do in no way cover or finance the entire business of the B-Movie Kulturinitiative auf St. Pauli e.V., the cinema relies on additional funding.
Hence we are bound to apply for funding and support from the Filmförderung Hamburg, and the Community of Hamburg - which, however, are not always granted.

Kinoptikum, Landshut




1 screen

Tech: All formats


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Brotfabrik, Berlin

Glashaus e.V./ Nutzer der Brotfabrik/ Caligariplatz 1/ 13086 Berlin

Fon: +49 30 471 40 01
Fax: +49 30 473 37 77
info at

Claus Löser

1 screen, 60 seats

Tech:- 35mm (1,37, 1,66, 1,85, Scope)
- 16mm (optical & magnetic sound)
- Video (BetaSP, DV, VHS, S-VHS, DVD)

The cinema was founded in 1990 as a part of an cultural centre on the edge of East Berlin. The place was before an official youth club, we took it over when the socialist state collapsed. There was no regular cinema in it before. We began with a couple of shows per week, later we played regularly every day.

Organisational structure:We work in the frame of a typical German association (“eingetragener Verein” – e.V.), together with a pub, a gallery and a theatre stage. Every section works independently.

Editorial Line: The program is a mixture of current so called “art house films”, classics, experimental and underground films. We bring also independent films with no official distribution company to start.

Regularity: Every day 1 to 3 screenings.

Other stuff: We have also an own archive, the collection “ex.oriente.lux”, which contains underground films made in East Germany between 1979 and 1989.

Publicity: If we start films with no official distribution, we try to get press reviews. But it’s getting more and more complicated. Beside this we do the whole spectrum: monthly programs, website and so on.

Audience: From film to film completely different. We have a little core of loyal audience, but that’s not enough.

Funding:We have to finance our program only by incoming money, but get support for printing of the monthly program.

Filmclub 813, Köln

KINO 813 in der BRÜCKE/ Hahnenstraße 6/ 50667 Köln
T/F: +49 221 3106-813

programm at

Bernhard Marsch: bernhardmarsch at +49 1525 3697381

1 Screen, 180 seats

Tech: 35mm (all formats) – 16mm – Super8 – Video/DVD

1990 the Filmclub 813 was founded by 8 cineasts. On 12.1.1991 was the first public projection in a small cinema in Cologne with ROTE SONNE by Rudolf Thome (1970). Since 1995 we could use the cinema of the British Council Cologne in cooperation. Two of us reorganized the 35mm projector at this place with two projection machines from the former AKI-Kino of the main station of Frankfurt.
After the closing of the British Council Cologne we had the possibility to buy the whole equipment of the cinema. Since 1.7.2001 the Filmclub 813 is the operator of the KINO 813 in der BRÜCKE. Nowadays we can stay there for the next 25 years without any rent by decision of the City of Cologne. The Filmclub 813 has at the moment 40 members with an inner circle of 10 persons.

Organisational structure: We are owner and cinema operator of our cinema as a cultural non-profit organisation/association

Editorial Line: Everything can be shown by the members of the Filmclub 813, but it has to be in financial responsability – for example retrospectives of directors, actors or genres and movies you can’t see in other cinemas in Cologne.

Regularity: In average we have 3-4 screenings a week.

Other stuff: Sometimes we combine concert and film; theoretically we can arrange audio presentations, like radio plays or something else.

Publicity: We have a monthly flyer, a website, a newsletter and everybody can find our daily/weekly programm in the Cologne newspapers.

Audience: Cineastes (“over 30”), students, everyone ...

Funding: We get basic financing from the City of Cologne and sometimes we have extra money for projects by different cultural institutions, for example “SK Stiftung Kultur” (a bank foundation). The rest is financed by the receipts coming from our programm activities.

Kino Krokodil, Berlin

Greifenhagener Str. 32/ D10437 Berlin

T: +49 30 44049298 / +49 30 44031252
kinokrokodil at

contacts: Debora Fiora, Gabriel Hageni

1 screen, 99 seats

Tech: 16mm; 35mm; Beamer

Als KINO NORD in einem Wohnhaus 1912 eröffnet, zwischen 1963 und 1993 geschlossen (nur Leerstand – keine andere Nutzung), 1991 Widereröffnung als kommerzielles Haus einer Kinokette, 1998 bis 2001 Programmkino, seit 2004 unabhängiges Kino mit Schwerpunkt Russland und Osteuropa

Organisational structure: e.V.

Editorial Line: In unseren Programmen zeigen wir überwiegend Filme aus Russland und Osteuropa. Wir versuchen unser Publikum über die zeitgenössischen Strömungen zu informieren, spielen aber auch häufig Werke aus der Filmgeschichte. Neben den formalen und inhaltlichen Besonderheiten des osteuropäischen Films interessiert uns immer wieder die Frage, ob und wann eine solche Differenzierungen überhaupt sinnvoll sind. Wir unternehmen so auch Vergleiche zu Filmkunst aus anderen Teilen der Welt oder spiegeln deren Bild von der osteuropäischen Region. Dabei spielen auch deutsch-deutsche Unterschiede immer wieder eine Rolle (Ost und West).

Regularity: täglich

Other stuff: Ausstellungen regelmäßig, andere künstlerische Ausdrucksformen wie Tanz, Musik, Theater/Lesung unregelmäßig – meistens in Verbindung mit dem Thema Film

Publicity: Flyer, Internet, Zeitungen, Radio-TV, im vergangenen September mit einer Installation im öffentlichen Raum

Audience: Welches Publikum? Menschen mit breitem kulturellem Interesse aus Ost und West, Menschen mit besonderem Interesse für Osteuropa, Russen und Osteuropäer,

Funding: Eintrittskartenerlöse, Spenden, Projektförderungen, Preisgelder;
Unser Kino erhält keine institutionelle Förderung