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The Building

The theatre was constructed on the northern part of the Bémer square, although there have been debates over its location. Marking out the location was preceded by a „fight” over more decades, which can be easily understood if we consider the fact that there were multiple locations contending. 1899 (after almost seventy years of waiting!) the building of the theatre began with housebrakings.

After a few unsuccessful invitations for tender the town made an agreement with a company from Vienna to design the new theatre building. The Fellner and Helmer institute was already famous in Europe for designing almost 50 theatres (from Zürich to Odessa) that met the requirements of the age, to be more specific: they were perfectly built according to the specific requirements of the era’s architecture and performing arts. The building has a greek „face”: the six monumental ionic columns and the timpanon above them speaks for itself, also the allegoric faces of the latter are there to emphasize the classical character of the facade.

The theatre’s inauguration ceremony took place in almost exactly 15 months after the beginning of the constructions, on a Monday, in October 15th, 1900, in the lobby of the new theatre.