Palast shutters

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One of Berlin’s most famous cinemas, the Royal Palast, has raised its curtains for the last time.

Landmark theater, which opened in 1965 and boasted the biggest screen in Europe, was one of the main venues for the Berlin Intl. Film Festival until 2000, when the event moved from the west side to Potsdamer Platz.

The city’s reunification 14 years ago shifted the city center and decimated what used to be the cinema district. A continuing box office slump, marked by an 11.5% drop last year, hasn’t helped.

The Royal Palast was acquired last year by exhib chain Kieft & Kieft following its buyout of the insolvent Ufa Theaters.

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