The Kinemathek Karlsruhe e.V. has been running its classic and contemporary film programs in addition to organizing festivals, conferences and symposia, exhibitions of mixed media, moving image and multimedia art at various locations in Karlsruhe since 1974.
It has thus made an important contribution to the creation, preservation and dissemination of film and had a decisive influence on how those living in Karlsruhe view and experience film. Today it is regarded as one of the most important cinematheques in Germany and has had a permanent home in the Passagenhof shopping area since 2010. With 600 events and around 17,000 spectators per year, the Kinemathek is regarded as a platform for social exchange and a meeting place across the generations as well as a »school of seeing« amidst the ongoing flood of contemporary media.