Best Vintage Movie Theaters
Courtesy of Tuschinski Theater
Tuschinski TheaterAmsterdam, The Netherlands
Original Debut: Abraham Tuschinski had led a life worthy of its own feature film by the time he opened his theater in 1921. After emigrating from Poland en route to America, the impoverished Jewish tailor was swept up in Amsterdam’s cinema scene and eventually managed to open the grandest theater the city had ever seen (with lavish Art Deco interiors, Moorish side suites, and even a cabaret). Although Tuschinski was subsequently killed during the Nazi regime, his namesake vision lives on.
Now Showing: With 933 seats and 24 private boxes (or “loveseats”), the Tuschinski is the largest cinema in the Netherlands. It has undergone star-worthy renovations in the last few decades—a new carpet was flown in from Morocco to the tune of $100,000; original murals have been restored to glory. Now owned by mega–movie distributor Pathé, it shows the latest films and hosts red-carpet premieres. Lovebirds (or even likebirds) who book a private box are supplied with a bottle of champagne.