The opening of the FilmFestival traditionally takes place at the Staatstheater Cottbus
.It is the only state theater in the state of Brandenburg.
The State Theater, a building of the secessionist Art Nouveau style, is due to its special architecture one of the landmarks of the city and is known far beyond the borders of Cottbus.
It was built at the beginning of the 20th century, when the textile industry flourished in Cottbus and helped the middle classes gain political and economic power. The state theater was to express this growing self-confidence as a prestigious building. The tender was won by the Anhalt architect Bernhard Sehring, winner of the Schinkel Prize and master builder of the "Theater des Westens" in Berlin (1896). Sehring's works also include the Bielefeld Municipal Theater and the Walpurgis Hall at Hexentanzplatz in Thale.
From 1912 there was a theater orchestra and a permanent opera ensemble. Cottbus citizens prevented the demolition of the building in 1945, which had also served as an ammunition depot during the war.
Since 1992, the Cottbus Theater has been the only state theater in the state of Brandenburg. A varied, attractive theater and concert program is offered in several venues. With its productions of musical theater and drama, the Cottbus State Theater has also made a name for itself beyond the region.
The Staatstheater Cottbus maintains a number of other venues in addition to the Großes Haus, the well-known main building on Schillerplatz. These include the KAMMERBÜHNE in Wernerstraße, which is also used by the Cottbus Film Festival for screenings.
Accessibility: Handicapped parking spaces at the back of the Staatstheater, barrier-free access to the stalls (must be registered!), handicapped-accessible toilet, special facilities for hearing aid users.