Tucked away between Hansaring and Mediapark is Filmhauskino. This attractive red-brick building on Maybachstraße has been here since 1998, housed in a former office building that belonged to the rail freight yard. Amongst other things, the complex offers a movie theatre with 99 seats, making it one of the city’s smallest cinemas. But never mind that – this is where cinema is celebrated like nowhere else in Cologne. For one, Filmhauskino runs a training programme for filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts; for another, it showcases films and also premieres that probably wouldn’t make it to the big screen at all: classic movies, cinematographic art films and rare documentaries. In addition, it organises its own festivals with names such as Besonders wertlos (“Quite worthless”) and hosts third-party festivals such as Tüpisch Türkisch (“Typically Turkish”) and Cinepänz, a children’s movie festival. Particular mention is given to its outstanding series of screenings something weird cinema (offered in cooperation with Gebäude 9).
Note: Major refurbishment on the building is due to begin in April/May 2017 and Filmhauskino will shut down for a few months. Check the website for details.