1. Who's behind cinelandmarks?

cinelandmarks is a Berlin-based non-profit organization registered and accredited by the federal state of Berlin, Germany. We are running the project exclusively voluntarily in our spare time. We are cineasts but also people just enjoying going to the movies and being interested in places, buildings and their stories – no matter if they are right next door or at the other end of the planet.

2. What is this project about?

Cinema has always been more than just a room for screening movies. It is a social and cultural space, a space of encounter and perception. Architects designed buildings especially for those spaces. Today, as well as in the past, they change permanently. Cinelandmarks.org is providing access to those spaces as well as to cinema culture in the past and the present. It gathers information about historically, architecturally, and curatorially unique cinemas worldwide on one platform. It offers stories about topics related to cinema and going to the movies. And it shows you the way to the next cinema worth visiting – as a screening room or a cultural space. See also about us.

3. When was cinelandmarks founded?

In January 2012, twelve people gathered in Berlin to formally found cinelandmarks.

4. What can cinelandmarks.org be used for?

cinelandmarks.org offers a space of communication and debate about cinema and its localities. It gives you the opportunity to observe and remember cultural developments. But it is also your practical directory to unique cinemas. We would like to reach everybody who is fascinated by cinema and its magic just the way we are.

5. Why should I support this project with my knowledge?

cinelandmarks.org presents outstanding cinemas online. So far, many of them have simply not yet been known to a wider audience. In this sense, the site offers you practical orientation and overview. It also combines well-grounded, local information and thematic approach. Its perspective on cinema is global and broad. Given the fundamental changes cinema and projection sites are subjected to due to digitalization, cinelandmarks.org offers a fair-minded view on cinema in the 21st century. But, obviously, this site would never work on a global scale without your support, experiences and local knowledge on specific cinemas! We need as many contributions as there are cinemas out there. Thank you for sharing your knowledge about interesting cinemas you find in your neighborhood, your region or on your travels!

6. Which cinemas do I find here?

We aim to document historically, architecturally and curatorially unique cinemas including interdisciplinary forms of cinema and former cinema locations.

7. Which cinemas do I NOT find here?

We refrain from referring to cinemas that are exclusively commercially oriented and lack any distinctive feature.

8. How can I subscribe to your newsletter?

Please click on the CINELETTER button on top of the page, or just follow this cineletter link. We promise we won't spam you and of course treat your personal data with care and according to European privacy laws.

For contributors and supporters

1. How can I support you?

1. Please help us to gather as many special cinemas as possible and create a new cinema data set. For adding a new cinema you can use our online form (gmail account required) or write an e-mail to editorial@cinelandmarks.org.

2. Some of the existing entries are lacking fundamental information and you are very welcome to update them. Please send us an e-mail to editorial@cinelandmarks.org.

3. Running a non-profit organization means constant costs, a lot of work and no income. We will be more than happy about your donation via PayPal or bank transfer to:

cinelandmarks e.V.
Triodos Bank
IBAN: DE79 5003 1000 1051 2610 00

4. We are a small team of five to seven people mainly based in Berlin. We typically meet once per month online or in our Kreuzberg headquarters. New team members are welcome – please feel free to contact us!

2. What do I have to know when contributing content?

Please respect our Terms & Conditions. When adding a new cinema entry, please follow the descriptions given in the online form.

3. What language should I use for my entry?

The standard language used on cinelandmarks.org is American English. For places and cities please use their American name, for example Moscow instead of Moskwa.

4. Can I use a pseudonym when contributing content?

We are going to need your real name for internal use for legal reasons. We asure you that we will never publish your personal data without your consent. You are free to use a pseudonym to be published instead when contributing content to our page.

5. Which cinemas should I or should I not add?

We aim to document historically, architecturally and curatorially unique cinemas including interdisciplinary forms of cinema and former cinema locations. We refrain from referring to cinemas that are exclusively commercially oriented and lack any distinctive feature.

6. How should I name the new entry?

Please use the current name as used by the operating company itself (official self presentation). If a cinema is closed, please use its most common/popular name. Do not add any extra information such as city, location, legal form etc.

7. How should I format proper names?

Please write proper names in italics.

8. What features should be stated in an entry?

Any feature that describes the cinema properly and seems relevant to you should be added, e. g. if the cinema has a café, a cinema organ, offers lectures or the like. Before adding any new features please check the long picklist of already existing features.

9. Do I have to provide images?

If you contribute a new cinema, you will have to provide at least one image/photo of the cinema (or a picture of the place where the cinema previously existed) to make it visually more vivid. Ideally these images show different perspectives on the cinema from the outside and the inside. If a cinema does not exist anymore and historic material is not available, a picture of the place as it exists today can be used. If it is not possible at all to offer any image that corresponds to our license conditions, but the cinema itself is worth presenting, or if you have any question regarding licensing, please contact us .

10. What about photo rights and licenses?

We value and respect the internationally acclaimed copy rights on photos or any other images. Therefore, the photos or images published on cinelandmarks.org need to correspond to one of the following licenses. This presupposes that you know the name oft the photographer and have their consent at your disposal (or in some rare cases the copy right has run out), or that you are the photographer yourself. If you have any question on this topic, please contact us! When adding a photo, you can choose between three licenses:

__CC0__ With this license you refrain from any exclusive right of reuse, copying or adapting and follow the idea of Public Domain. Anyone can reuse, copy or adapt the image for whatever purpose as far as law allows this condition.

__Copyright by__ If you use this license, all rights of use and coyping stay with you and in general no one else can reuse, copy, share, adapt or remix the image without your consent.

__CC by-sa__ If you want to keep the copyright but allow other people to reuse, copy, share or adapt your image, please use this license. It lets others remix, adapt, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under identical terms. With this license, that also is used by Wikipedia projects, you support the idea of Commons.

11. Can a photo show persons such as cinemagoers?

Preferably use photos that do not show people. If the image of people is unavoidable, please make them unrecognizable. The personal rights of persons depicted must be respected.

12. What should I do, if I don't have photos or not all the information required?

No worries, maybe we’ll find a different solution. Please contact our editorial team by sending an e-mail to editorial@cinelandmarks.org. We are happy about any piece of cinema knowledge you would like to share.

13. Will my contribution be published immediately?

No, your contribution will first be reviewed in an editorial process. The main goal of this process is to guarantee a high quality standard regarding formal criteria (editorial guidelines, formal data, use of picklist terms etc.). Naturally we will not question your knowledge, and if any question arises regarding content, we will check this in dialogue with you. We will always do our best to give you our feedback as soon as possible.

14. Do you edit my text before publishing it?

Your contribution will be reviewed by our editorial team and may undergo minor changes or modifications to ensure the formal quality of our site. If questions regarding content arise or we are confronted with contradictory content, we will contact you before publishing the content. We emphasize to ensure transparency regarding the history of all contributions in the future.