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FROM HOLLYWOOD TO WASHING MACHINES
Hans Sigmund Jaretzki’s Park Lichtspiele Cinema in Berlin.

The Cinema Park Lichtspiele was built in 1930 by the architect Hans Sigmund Jaretzki. In the1930ies the cinema became one of the most successful entertainment venues in Albrechtstraße49, Berlin-Steglitz. The building survived the war without any damage, but after the warit became less popular or maybe unaffordable for the residents of this neighbourhood. Thecinema was closed in 1968.

After that the »Park Lichtspiele Kino« suffered some drastic chances. The EDEKA Supermarketchain completely changed the interior design to suit its purpose as a modern food marketpurpose with modern amenities to store goods and fresh groceries. When the supermarketmoved out, the place was rented by a Music Instruments Store and soon afterwards by an ElectronicsStore called Atlas Multimedia, which still uses the building today. Today the old cinemais entirely cluttered with washing machines and refrigerators that have regularly been updatedso that the modern models at the entrance continuously push the older ones into the depth ofthis building. It has became the ideal place for the manager of the shop who used almost everycorner of the interior to sell, store and archive these products. As he began to tell the historyof the building from his process of appropriating the place the project continued to investigatemore about the life and work of Hans Sigmund Jaretzki.

With the empowerment of the Nazi regime in 1933 the architect who was Jewish felt forced toleave Germany and to emigrate to Great Britain with his family. He started working again inLondon, first as an interior architect and then also furniture designer. Soon he started his ownpractice. In 1943 he was one of the founders of the Germany Austria Association of Architectsand Engineers called »The Circle«. Hans Sigmund Jaretzki died in 1956 in London.

Today Jaretzki’s daughter Eve Haas, who in July 2014 celebrated her 90th birthday and hergrandson Timothy Haas can still tell about the architect, his personality and the anecdotesabout adopting to the life in a foreign country.

Ein Projekt von:

Ana Paula Nitzsche (ana.paula.nitzsche@uni-weimar.de)
Martin Girard (martin.girard@uni-weimar.de)

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