Palads Teatret (the Palads Cinema), also known simply as the Palads, is a cinema operated by Nordisk Film in Copenhagen, Denmark. It offers a wide selection of films in its 17 auditoriums, more than in any other Danish cinema.
The Palads was established in Copenhagen's former central railway station on Axeltorv which had ceased operations in 1911 following the construction of a new station. After major reconstruction work, the cinema opened on 18 October 1912. With some 3,000 seats and a 30-man orchestra, it was Scandinavia's largest entertainment centre. The former station building was completely demolished in 1917, providing space for today's building designed by Andreas Clemmensen and Johan Nielsen. Kai Nielsen's sculpture of Ursus and the Bull was positioned on the roof from the beginning but was not gilded until 1949.
In 1955, the cinema was comprehensively renovated under the supervision of Holger Pind with new ventilation, carpeting, seating, rosewood wall panneling and the installation of a CinemaScope screen 12 m (39 ft) wide. In the mid-1970s, the cinema suffered from diminishing audiences threatening its viability. Drawing on the experience of the Marignan Concorde cinema in Paris which had been divided up into six auditoriums, the Palads was restructured into 12 auditoriums in 1978. Despite general scepticism, the alterations proved a huge success attracting 57,921 visitors in just one week. In September 1979, a further five auditoriums were opened in the basement. The interior was redecorated throughout in blue and grey with red seating.
Today the cinema consists of 17 auditoriums with a total of 2,600 seats. In 2010, the foyer was completely renovated, reflecting modern trends in design and technology. The venue is also used for a variety of other events such as sports functions and ballet performances. The cinema currently offers the widest selection of films in Denmark, covering the interests of all age groups. It is fitted with the latest technical equipment including Digital 3D.
In popular culture
- "Palads Teatret" (in Danish). Den Store Danske. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
- Thomas Hauerslev. "Palads Teatret, København" (in Danish). biografmuseet.dk. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
- "Palads Teatret, København". danskefilm.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 16 March 2017.
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- Official website (in Danish)