It took a while and a lot of hassle to decide what to do with the location where filmtheater Lantaren Venster used to be in the ‘old west’. The Gouvernestraat has been home to almost 100 years of music, film and arts, so the plan to demolish the building didn’t sit well.
We can all sigh with relief; Jan de Vries and Frank Groot took up the challenge to bring the building back to life. It was renovated (partially back to its original state) ánd houses the new cinema KINO with 4 movie halls, a bar and a restaurant. It also hosts meetings, concerts, lectures and festivals.
The rich history of the building started in 1909, designed by Jan Verheul, when it opened as ‘Ons Huis’ (Our House). During WWII it was used as an emergency hospital. After a year it returned to being a place for arts, music and film.
The building has been changed numerous times between 1948 and 1952 by architects Bakema and Van den Broek. They received acclaim for realising the Lijnbaan area as the first pedestrian-only and car-free shopping area in Europe.
In 1949 the Venster opened as the place for ‘quality movies’ and the Lantaren was used as a theater. In 1972 Huub Bals started his Film International, now the annual IFFR . The filmfestival, from Jan. 25th. till Feb. 5th., is spread over several venues which are the Cinerama, Pathe Schouwburgplein, the Doelen, Oude Luxor, the Lantaren Venster and of course at KINO itself.