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Batlogg Hall

by Theresa König last modified 2007-01-09 21:17

On the right, behind the playground, you can see a yellow building.  That is Batlogg Hall.  After the Second World War it was used as a movie theatre because the French occupying soldiers tried to get all of the cinemas running again to satisfy the needs of the people for entertainment.  The Vorarlberg Socialist Newspaper wrote an article on January 7th, 1946 in which they said that the people shouldn’t forget that the only joy in the life of the common folk was the cinema.  Old films that had been stored in warehouses along with some Austrian productions were shown.  After a while the French soldiers provided some French productions as well.

The first film was called “Das Herz muss schwiegen” or “The heart should be silent” deemed as adult entertainment and was shown on June 2nd, 1946.   Batlogg Hall was modernized when it changed hands in 1953 and the frescoes by Hannes Bertle at the entrance led to many discussions.   In 1955 “Cinema Scope” was installed making it very up to date.

The operators of the Schruns Cinema ran a second branch in Partenen called the Valluellakino from 1959 to 1969 during the construction of the Kops Power Plant.

Batlogg Hall was also used as a theatre.  There were many events and assemblies here like the big protest made in June of 1948 against the planned diversion of the Litz River into the Klostertal.  Events like these always promised a full house.  In his study from 1970 Jörg Bergmeister came to the conclusion that there is a big love of the cinema in the Montafon which explains why in contrast with the rest of Austria, the reduction of cinema goers is a lot smaller.  Tourists also played a part in the numbers and the cinemas tried to play their main features during the summer.  The cinema,  “A window to the world” conveyed values that were not accepted in the conservative political attitudes in the region.  The answer to that was excessive censuring not only in the world of films which went on until the 1980’s but also in all art forms.  Signs of uprising were countered by prohibiting dances like the Twist or clothes like the bikini.


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