Batschkapp was founded in 1976 to establish an autonomous and left-wing counter culture, and opened on 11 December 1976. It began as a cultural centre associated with the neighbourhood centre Arbeiterselbsthilfe which was located in the inn "Zum Elfmeter", which was located in Maybachstraße next to Frankfurt Eschersheim station, and which had been called "Wirtschaft zum Bahnhof" in 1910, and had been used as a dormitory for approximately 100 forced labourers between 1940 and 1945, and was then used as an operetta theatre and as a cinema from 1949 to 1965. Joschka Fischer was a regular visitor in the early days.
At the beginning of the 1980s, Batschkapp was in financial difficulties caused by extensions of fire safety and other standards and had tax debts of DM 30,000. A benefit concert in 1982 with Ideal and BAP among the bands generated enough profit to keep the venue in business.
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