With its flamboyant façade, Art Deco foyer and main hall outfitted with love seats and private boxes, Theater Tuschinski makes going to the movies a romantic affair. Framed by ornate twin towers, the historic theater between the Munt Tower and Rembrandtplein was built by Polish immigrant Abraham Tuschinski, a Jewish tailor who capitalized on a new craze. After opening four cinemas in Rotterdam around the turn of the century, he moved to Amsterdam and began construction of his movie palace in 1918.
Built for four million guilders, the imposing 1,200-seat theater mixes Art Deco elements with Amsterdam School, Art Nouveau and Tuschinski's own taste. It opened in 1921 with a 16-instrument orchestra providing musical backup for Maurice Chevalier, Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf, Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Domino, Dionne Warwick and other celebrated artists. A 1936 renovation preceded the German occupation, when the entire Tuschinski family was murdered in Nazi concentration camps. After the war, the theater returned to its former glory with a stage sporting a Wurlitzer-Strunk organ.
Between 1998‒2002, the Tuschinski was again restored. Today, Hollywood blockbusters are screened in the theater, now operated by Pathé. In the main hall, snuggle up in love seats or order wine and a meal from a private box. On red carpet premiere nights, watch celebs arrive in stretch limos and preen for the paparazzi to the delight of local movie-goers.