I haven’t found a good solution yet to browse the movie program in Germany. Therefore it has been difficult to search for movies in general and in the original language in particular, a never ending story here. Before moving to Prenzlauer Berg I spent some years in Friedrichshain and I was listening carefully when people were mentioning independent cinemas. One day I heard about the kino Tilsiter Lichtspiele, another “oldest cinema” in town.
It is located not too far from Frankfurter Tor, Bersarinplatz. Once you have reached the street it is easy, it is the only place with small movie posters on the wall. It is also a bar and the bar is the ticket office. Despite the smoke, and it can be very smoky, I really love the place whatever the time of the year it is. They serve the all time classic late evening dishes, sausages, soups and of course beers. You can bring your drinks with you into the tiny theater room located at the end of the bar.
Independent movies are screened, movies for kids on Sunday morning and a small festival on Sunday afternoon. I have seen many interesting films about Berlin and gotten a glimpse of the city at various times over the last century.