09 August 2012

The lollipop mansion

As a general rule, if I have nothing nice to say about a subject, I will not bring it up (which is coincidentally why you have not been updated on the long-awaited new food market "Torvehallerne"). Multiplex cinema Palads with its 17 screens, looking like a giant lollipop, belongs in that unmentionable category. When I pass it, I always make an effort to block it out. But, ignoring it has obviously not made it go away. And, somehow I have resigned myself to the fact that it is a part of Copenhagen.

Palads movie theatre

The backside with an evil sky. You can almost smell the popcorn..

Dots on Copenhagen multiplex cinema Palads

It has looked this way since 1989 when it was decorated by Danish painter Poul Gernes.

Dots in a row

As someone who love color, why is it so hard for me to appreciate this place?

If you are visiting Copenhagen, and are looking for a quality movie theater, try Empire Bio on Nørrebro or Imperial with the giant screen, right behind Palads (the only dubbed movies you will find in Denmark, are the children's). With Palads.. I know that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but in this case you can make an exception. If you know what I mean?

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  1. Jeg synes det er ret sejt, at Palads ikke er blevet malet gråt eller en anden Københavns Kommune-farve. Men bortset fra det, er det jo ikke noget særlig rart sted at se en film, hvis man ikke er til snak og råb under filmen...

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    1. Der er helt sikkert nogen der elsker den bygning. Den er heller ikke det grimmeste vi har i byen, men det er en af de mest højrøstede. Mon jeg ville have et andet forhold til ydersiden, hvis indholdet var lækkert?

      Det er bare sådan et fedtet teenageværelse, og flere af salene er decideret klaustrofobiske. Øv nej. Haha.

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  2. I used to love that building with all its loud colours back in the early nineties - I guess that is as much good taste as you can expect from a ten year old. Nowadays I agree it's a complete eyesore. Any chance it will suffer the same fate as the Scala building (fingers crossed)?

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    1. The one thing that I appreciate about it, is that it is not tall. If someone was to tear it down, you just know that some giddy architect would build a glass monstrosity to overpower everything. Like Industriens Hus on Town Hall Square (holy crap, have you seen that?). Right next to Palads is the railroad tracks, Axelborg, Tivoli and the Circus building, and they all get along. At least in the proportions.

      I have a knot in my stomach thinking about what they will build on the Scala lot. Uuuuuuh.

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  3. Altså bygningen er jo grim. Men nogle gange lærer man at elske de skæve tænder, den krumme næse og håret i ørerne. Ville ikke være foruden den.

    PS. Er vild med Thors vrede over Palads!

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    1. Nå, Thor må gerne være vred, men Sandra må ikke? Haha.

      Jeg har også på en måde forliget mig med Palads. Ellers havde den aldrig fået plads på bloggen. Mest er jeg i undren over at noget der både er i farver og er så anderlededes ikke tænder mig. Det føles mest som at få tæsk i øjeæblerne.

      Men vil lader den stå, for alternativet er at der kommer en skidesmart arkitekt og myrder området med en stål og krom kolos. Hvis du sidder musestille kan du næsten høre ham skrabe på døren..

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  4. Jeg ved ikke hvorfor; men bygningen minder mig om en ældre dame med lidt for pastelfarvet make up.
    Det kan være at bygningen er lidt kikset i sig selv, men som den er nu, med de farver, tænker man på noget med sminkede skøger.

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    1. Nu kommer jeg til at tænke på en bakkesangerinde.. Den ville passe perfekt på Bakken. Der skal det jo være spraglet og over the top, det forlanger man nærmest. Nårh, Palads.

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  5. This cinema had always seemed a bit out of place to me.... the design is so "odansk" ;)

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. I wonder if Verner Panton would have approved of it, he was in favor of making white a forbidden color (non-color?). It is funny how it has survived for this long, I bet a lot of people love it. :D

      A super nice weekend to you too, Celena!

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  6. Jeg elsker den helt ind i benet. Har gjort det siden jeg satte mit ben her i byen første gang. Farver rocker jo min verden.

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    1. Der skal også være nogen der elsker den uforbeholdent, ellers er det synd. :-)

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  7. I must be one of them.Replace it with what? A concrete multiplex?Or is it just your photography,making the ugly beautiful?

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    1. Oh, I dread what would be the replacement more than anything. The building is nice and low, and I have even gotten sort of used to the colors... but it is not a love affair. I don't know if I would feel differently if it was painted in different colors. Maybe.

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