When visiting the Bel Geddes exhibition this week (look up my post on Wed), where innovations in theater stage design by the American modernist are presented, I was thinking of another pioneer. Architect Hans Poelzig, who in 1919 designed the Grosses Schauspielhaus ("Great Playhouse") for a new theater movement and particularly for the theatrical director Max Reinhardt. Poelzig renovated an amphitheatre, to create the Grosses Schauspielhaus, combining stage with a revolving stage and a cyclorama. In here, Reinhardt presented a series of magnificent spectacles that included the Oresteia, Danton’s Death, and Julius Caesar. This example of German Expressionism has since been demolished.