Austurbaejarbio Theatre

Snorrabraut 37,
Reykjavik 105

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Opened in the mid-1940’s as a movie theatre, with occasional concert use. It was designed in a modern style (for its era).

Since the early 1980’s it has been in use as a live theatre/concert venue although projection facilities have been retained.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 17, 2007 at 2:05 pm

Did this theater have another name? This is from the Nordic Media July 11, 2001:

According to News from Iceland, (Owners) of Sambíóin movie theaters have invited the public for free movies at Bíóborgin theatre, located on Snorrabraut in downtown Reykjavík. After today (11 July), owners have announced that the movie house would close down and the house will be sold.

Austurbaejarbio (now Bíóborgin) began showing films in 1955, and from 1985 Árni Samúelsson has been the owner of the cinema. After the company Sambíóin took over the operation of Háskólabíó (University Theatre) last week, it was decided to close down Bíóborgin.

If you Google “Bioborgin Theatre”, you will get an address of Snorrabraut 37.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 17, 2007 at 2:32 pm

I believe that it was originally Loew’s Igloo.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 17, 2007 at 3:58 pm

Very funny, Warren ! Actually, I was in Reykjavik 2 or 3 times in the winter during the 1970s and it was actually milder there (because of the Gulf Stream) than it was in New York, and no snow on the ground either. But I don’t remember seeing any theatres or cinemas there.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 17, 2007 at 6:07 pm

The book that I got the brief description details (and a line drawing of the theatre) from was published in the mid'1940’s. It states the ‘The new Austurbaejar Bio Theatre etc…..

Maybe it became (re-named) the Bioborgin Theatre in 1955. It has certainly gone back to its former name today as a live venue.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 17, 2007 at 6:34 pm

Its very possible that the name was changed back to its original name. Just to confuse things further, I also found an Austerbaer Theatre at the same address. A web search returns three different names for theaters at this address. Whatever the current name of this theater is, it is open and used for live performances. This is the website where I found the above info. Scroll down until you see “ICELAND”.

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