Germany

Curtain Call: Last British Forces Cinema In Germany Closes

Service personnel based in Germany have been watching the latest films at the cinema since the end of the Second World War.

The very last British Forces Cinema in Germany, the Kaleidoscope in Paderborn, has closed with a special free showing of the animated children’s film 'The Angry Birds Movie 2'.

Service personnel based in Germany have been watching the latest films at the location since the end of the Second World War.

As many as 60 cinemas once entertained soldiers in Germany and a reduction in Britain's military presence in the country has led to the Kaleidoscope's closure.

The popcorn was free, as was the film - shown only days after its UK release and before that of the USA.

The Kaleidoscope's manager, Colette Johnson, said it was an emotional day and a lot of people would be sad to see it go:

“It's pretty emotional. There's been a big build up for this moment.

“It's gotten quieter and quieter as people have been leaving but it used to be packed for films like 'The Ice Age'.

"We'd have to get seats down the aisles so more people could fit in than what we had on the tills so it's been really popular.”

The Kaleidoscope's manager, Colette Johnson.

To mark the silver screen's demise in Germany, there were some special treats.

The popcorn was free, as so was the film, shown only days after its UK release and before that of the USA.

As well as showing films, the Kaleidoscope has doubled up as a lecture theatre for troops.

Like many British facilities in Paderborn, it is soon to be handed back to the German authorities.

Some service personnel will remain in Germany but not enough to justify a cinema.

However, military audiences can still enjoy the experience in other parts of the world.

Forces Cinemas continue at bases in the UK, Cyprus and the Falklands.