Rozen Theater

Rozengracht 117,
Amsterdam 1016 LV

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19 May 2008

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Opened as the Rozen Theatre, a cinema with live variety acts on 22nd March 1913. The architects were Z.D. Gulden and M. Geldmaker. A 1913 photograph of the auditorium (published in the book ‘Saturday Night At The Movies’-Part 1 by Richard van Bueren), shows attractive Art Nouveau stencil patterns on the side walls and around the proscenium.

It closed in June 1926 and re-opened under new management as the Asta Theatre where film continued for a while, but by 1933 French Revue styled shows were being staged. These finished with the German occupation on 3rd September 1940. It initially closed down but ran rather more staid shows during the war. By 1945 things were back to normal and operettas were staged, but the public were clammering for films and the final stage show was held on 28th February 1948.

The next day, it re-opened as a full time cinema re-named the Capitol. CinemaScope was installed in 1954 and at the same time a small 2nd hand Standaard organ was installed.

The Capitol Cinema closed on 10th June 1971 and returned to its original name; Rozen Theatre which is used by a fringe theatre group Art & Pro.

Contributed by KenRoe

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Ian
Ian on April 19, 2005 at 9:17 am

The Rozen has just had its interior gutted and rebuilt as an adaptable black box theatre. The opening was held last weeked – 15/16 April 2005. The stained glass windows and the facade remain intact but inside everything is new, with no reference to the previous layout.

Ian
Ian on April 19, 2005 at 9:28 am

Photos can be seen at
http://www.byphotos.com/album/1352447
taken the day before opening, Thursday 14 April 2005.

KenRoe
KenRoe on April 19, 2005 at 10:28 am

Ian;
Thanks for that latest news and the link to the photographs. Good to hear that at least the exterior of the building remains intact and it remains in entertainment use.

KenRoe
KenRoe on December 17, 2006 at 5:49 am

A recent (November 2006) photograph I took of the Rozen Theater:
http://flickr.com/photos/kencta/324965569/

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 17, 2006 at 6:22 am

From the Mecanoo architects site:

OPENING ROZEN THEATRE, AMSTERDAM

“April 14th 2005

After an extensive renovation, the Amsterdam Rozen Theatre will be officially opened by mayor Job Cohen on Saturday April 16th at 4 P.M. Mecanoo has renovated the former cinema of 1912 into a modern and well equipped theatre that is designed for a young public. Behind the beautiful renovated façade with stained-glass windows lies a theatre with 190 chairs, a new multifunctional hall for approx. 50 people and a new foyer with a lounge on the balcony. The theatre is suitable for multifunctional programming and can be divided with demountable seating stands".

This is the website for the Rozen Theater.

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