The cinema was born in 1955 as HELO in the ruins of an apartment building. Since it is located in the border area between the American and Russian sectors, many of its first guests come from the nearby eastern part of the city. After all, one can see "western movies" at the HELO . The pragmatic naming (its founders HErkenrath and LOhde acted as "godfathers") is typical of the time.In 1986, it joins the family of the Yorck Cinema Group and receives its current name Babylon. Always an individualist, it becomes legendary for its long movie nights.Today, the Babylon is an established OV/OmU cinema, where, in addition to its
core program, many special events are also shown. It is the venue for the porn film festival and is also home to the surf film night. Once you sit under the spiral starlight of the large auditorium, you know you've captured a real piece of cinematic heaven.
1955Construction and opening under the name HELO.
1970sHELO becomes Kent, an island of Turkish film in the middle of Berlin.
1986The cinema becomes part of the Yorck family, becomes a program cinema and receives its new name Babylon.
1989The cinema hall is divided in two. From now on, twice as many films can be shown.
2012The Babylon gets digital technology and becomes part of Berlinale goes Kiez for the first time.
2021The small auditorium is extensively renovated, the large auditorium receives a bombastic new sound system