This is the kind of place that the phrase ‘hidden gem’ was brought into modern popular lexicon for. Formerly the stomping grounds of the likes of Marlene Dietrich and Fritz Lang, the Delphi — one of the first cinemas of its size to be built in the world — then faced a lengthy layoff following WWII by merit of its geographical positioning within the GDR.
Now, after 70 years of non-cinematic silence, and despite the fact it isn’t an approved public space, the Stummfilmkino is clandestinely opening its doors again for special events. And beyond that battered, characteristically East-German non-event of a facade, it’s looking every inch its golden ’20s best: The original flip-up seats, abundance of bare stone, sky-high vaulted ceiling, and monumental jawdropper of a three-tiered archway included.
Mirroring the decadent vibe of the interior, the events have a penchant for lavish eccentricity — think silent film screenings with live orchestral accompaniment, bombastic burlesque blowouts, and absinthe-drenched afterparties. Want in on the action? To keep up to speed with the secret goings-on, all you need do is give their Facebook page a follow.