The Zeughauskino, located in the former Prussian Zeughaus (armoury) on Unter den Linden, is part of the German Historical Museum. The cinema presents retrospectives accompanying museum exhibitions as well as stand-alone film series.
As a non-commercial repertory cinema, Zeughauskino presents programs of a special kind that draw from the entire spectrum of film and offer new, often surprising perspectives on certain themes, careers, or historical events. The focus thereby lies on films, genres, and periods that are otherwise underrepresented and little known. The cinema screens rarities from archives all around the world in their original versions and formats. Discoveries from the realm of silent film are accompanied by live pianists or musical ensembles.
The Zeughauskino can play numerous image and sound formats, from analogue 35mm film prints to digital film prints in the Digital Cinema Package (DCP). The screen (size: 5.2 x 2.7 metres) can be set up for all formats, from silent film format (1.33:1) to CinemaScope (2.35:1). Analogue film copies can be screened in cross-fade mode (projector: Kinoton FP 20). The frame rate is adjustable, as is the sound reproduction (mono, stereo, digital). Digital film copies are projected in DCI standard in 2K (projector: Espedeo Supra-5000). In addition, videos in DigiBeta, Beta SP, Blu-ray and DVD formats can be played.