Palace of dreams: The Tuschinski movie theatre in Amsterdam

It was one of the most lavish movie theatres to be built in its time, a pioneering monument to the new medium of cinema, a palace for the dreams of movie-goers, from bored housewives to weary workers, and an Amsterdam tourist attraction to this day: the towering Tuschinski. This brilliant and daring creation of Abraham Tuschinski, a Jewish immigrant from Poland, is more than a world famous art deco masterpiece. Since its opening in 1921, it has been at the heart of Amsterdam’s entertainment world, and its story is one of the triumph of art and enterprise over adversity and tragedy.

Producer: Marijke van der Meer

Broadcast: March 6, 2002