EFM Screening Facilities

The EFM offers top quality screening facilities for several film and video formats in 40 comfortable state-of-the-art cinemas. Almost all EFM venues are conveniently located within walking distance in and around Potsdamer Platz. The EFM also provides a free continuous shuttle service between cinemas to make getting around even easier.


EFM Film Office


Please note: The categories “cinema“ and “studio“ refer to the size of the screening facilities and determine the screening prices. All delivered video media (tapes, ProRes files, Blu-ray discs) will be processed into encrypted DCPs. Screenings on 35mm prints are possible at the following facilities: CinemaxX 8 and Arsenal.


Potsdamer Straße 5
10785 Berlin,
Entrance Voxstraße

CinemaxX has been the main Berlinale cinema since 2000. It was built as part of the new development of Potsdamer Platz and opened in 1998. It offers all the advantages of a well-equipped multiplex cinema. No other EFM screening facility offers so many cinemas situated so close together, allowing one to move quickly between the 18 CinemaxX cinemas.

  Category Seats* DCP
CinemaxX 1 Cinema 292 X
CinemaxX 2 Cinema 110 X
CinemaxX 3 Cinema 483 X
CinemaxX 4 Cinema 290 X
CinemaxX 5 Cinema 269 X
CinemaxX 6 Cinema 269 X
CinemaxX 8 Cinema 252 X
CinemaxX 9 Cinema 254 X
CinemaxX 10 Cinema 170 X
CinemaxX 11-15 Studio 50 X
CinemaxX 16-19 Studio 46 X
*All cinemas have wheelchair spaces.


Sony Center, Potsdamer Straße 4
10785 Berlin

CineStar, located in the Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz, is after the nearby CinemaxX, the second most important Berlinale cinema. The close proximity of the auditoriums to one another creates a great festival atmosphere, which many visitors find especially charming. CineStar has a fully-equipped bar, which can also be accessed from the foyer of the neighbouring Arsenal cinema.

  Category Seats* DCP 3D DCP
CineStar 1 Cinema 182 X  
CineStar 2 Cinema 275 X  
CineStar 3 Cinema 365 X  
CineStar 4 Cinema 182 X  
CineStar 5 Cinema 206 X X
CineStar 6 Cinema 140 X  
CineStar 7 Cinema 359 X X
CineStar 8 Cinema 515 X  
CINESTAR IMAX ® Cinema 324 X  
*All cinemas have wheelchair spaces.

Arsenal Cinemas (Filmhaus)

Potsdamer Straße 2
10785 Berlin

The Arsenal belongs to the "Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art" (formerly "Friends of the German Film Archive"), which is situated in the lower level of the "Filmhaus" at Potsdamer Platz. The space offers two screens equipped with comfortable seating and the latest technology. From here it is possible to take a shortcut directly to CineStar cinemas.

  Category Seats* DCP 3D DCP
Arsenal 1 Cinema 234 X  
Arsenal 2 Cinema 73 X  
*Both cinemas are wheelchair accessible.

dffb Cinema (Filmhaus)

Potsdamer Straße 2
10785 Berlin

The dffb Cinema is part of the dffb, Germany’s first film academy, and is well-equipped with modern film and video technology. The dffb Cinema is located on the 9th Floor of the "Filmhaus" and presents a fantastic view over the inner court of the Sony Center. It is situated next to the cosy dffb coffee bar, where one can rest while taking in the bustling atmosphere of Potsdamer Platz. The cinemas Arsenal and CineStar are directly accessible from the lower level of the "Filmhaus".

  Category Seats* DCP 3D DCP
dffb Studio 65 X  
*The cinema is wheelchair accessible.

Marriott Studio

Marriott Hotel, Inge-Beisheim-Platz 1
10785 Berlin

The deluxe Marriott Hotel offers an additional high quality exhibition space and is situated right in the heart of the festival at the Potsdamer Platz. The comfortable screening room is located on the first floor and offers video screenings only.

  Category Seats* DCP 3D DCP Video
Marriott Studio 30     Blu-ray only
*The studio is wheelchair accessible.

VR Cinema at Marriott

Marriott Hotel, Inge-Beisheim-Platz 1
10785 Berlin

The new screening venue “VR Cinema at Marriott” is equipped with state-of-the-art technology using Samsung7 VR gear and provides the ideal infrastructure to present VR content, thanks to our cooperation partner INVR.
“VR Cinema at Marriott” is located right next to Berliner Freiheit, where the latest developments in the field of VR will be presented at the EFM VR NOW SUMMIT.

  Category Seats* 360° VR
VR Cinema at Marriott Studio 25 X
*The VR Cinema is wheelchair accessible.

MGB Cinema

Niederkirchnerstraße 7
10963 Berlin

The MGB Cinema is located in the lower level of the Martin-Gropius-Bau, the venue of international exhibitions and the main EFM exhibition facility during the Berlinale. The renaissance building was constructed in 1881 and restored in the 1970s. It is located in walking-distance from the festival headquarters at Potsdamer Platz. The fully-equipped 200-seat, HD compatible theatre is an attractive venue for EFM screenings because of its direct connection to the market stands. The MGB Cinema is also home of the screenings of the Culinary Cinema.

  Category Seats* DCP 3D DCP
MGB Cinema 200 X  
*The cinema is wheelchair accessible.

EFM Cinemobile

Niederkirchnerstraße 7
10963 Berlin
at the Martin-Gropius-Bau / Registration Entrance

The EFM Cinemobile is located right on-site at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, the epicentre of the EFM. The mobile cinema offers state-of-the-art projections and 80 comfortable seats. In addition to the MGB Cinema, the EFM Cinemobile provides another screen in walking distance to the Martin-Gropius-Bau, which makes getting around and doing business even more comfortable.

  Category Seats DCP
EFM Cinemobile Cinema 80 X

Parliament Studio

Berlin House of Representatives
Niederkirchnerstraße 5
10111 Berlin
Entrance across from the Martin-Gropius-Bau

The Parliament Studio is located in the Berlin House of Representatives opposite the Martin-Gropius-Bau, the main venue of the EFM. The building is regarded as an architectural symbol of the Wilhemenian era and is also the venue of the Berlinale Co-Production Market. By crossing the street, you can switch from the ever-busy atrium of the Martin-Gropius-Bau to the calm and exclusive atmosphere of the Parliament Studio.

  Category Seats* DCP 3D DCP
Parliament Studio 62 x  
*The studio is wheelchair accessible.

Zoo Palast

Hardenbergstraße 29a
10623 Berlin

The Zoo Palast is located next to Zoologischer Garten. Restored in 2013, it offers 7 individually designed and luxurious, state-of-the-art cinemas, of which 5 are used as exclusive EFM screening facilities. It is directly connected to the main EFM locations at Potsdamer Platz via a ten minute ride with the EFM shuttle busses, departing from the Mirror Restaurant and the Marriott Hotel. Additionally, the U2 subway line is only a ten minute ride to Zoologischer Garten.

  Category Seats* DCP 3D DCP
Zoo Palast 3 Cinema 159 X  
Zoo Palast 4 Cinema 161 X X
Zoo Palast 5 Cinema 157 X X
Club A Studio 36 X  
Club B Studio 39 X  
*All cinemas have wheelchair spaces (except Club B).