Germany’s biggest movie theatre, opened in 1928 / VHS

Lichtburg – designed by Bode and Bucerius in the style of the 1920s New Objectivity movement – is Germany’s biggest cinema with 1,250 seats. At its opening in 1928, it was already regarded as the most modern movie theatre in Germany. In 1943, it fell victim to bombing raids and the auditorium was completely burned out. Between 1948 and 1950 the cinema was rebuilt by Bucerius. The new cinema included curved boxes and an orchestra pit and thus advanced to become a movie theatre for premieres. During the 1950s and 1960s more than 100 world premieres were celebrated here. Lichtburg has still survived to this day thanks to a public petition. A visit to the neighbouring VHS, an adult education centre, designed by Miksch, is also well worthwhile – not only because of the large variety of courses offered and the regular exhibitions, but especially because of the opportunity to ride in the glass lift and enjoy the impressive view.



Kettwiger Straße 36
45127 Essen

Phone: 0201 231023

Further Information

Distance from the Rathaus Essen stop:
200 m, take Innenstadt (city centre) exit, follow the cultural path from Kettwiger Straße

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