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Bourla Theater & Lounge, Antwerp: 25 reviews and 25 photos

  Bourla theater or French theater
by Norali

Bourla theatre used to be named ?Theatre Royal Francais? and was namely designed for the French-speaking bourgeoisie of Antwerp. This was following its building by Pierre Bruno Bourla. Works had been from 1829 to 1834.

Worth noticing: the whole area is designed for performance arts since it abonds in theaters. It's not by chance that Bourla stands on the Comedieplaats... and that the area was nicknamed Antwerp "Quartier Latin", meaning a haven of bohemian intellectualism. This was the place where to socialize in the evening, to see and to be seen.

Since 1938, Bourla theatre is classified as monument.

Early 1980's, it was almost demolished when Bob Cools, then Antwerp mayor, rejected the idea of real estate promoters to tear premices down... and build parking lots instead (!). Works started in 1980. Five years of refurbishing works and admire this wonderful building.

At its entry, a little peristyle for carriages. It aimed at allowing carriages to "deliver" beautiful people... Thus, prevent ladies from having their clothes soaking wet when it rains.

When visiting the building, don't limit yourself to outside architecture. Go inside to admire setting. De Foyer, a Viennese café at second-floor is worth a glance. See following tips to know more of De Foyer.

The main activity is theater, of course, and it still houses performances.

Address: Komedieplaats 18, 2000 Antwerpen
Directions: Theatre district, at 2 minutes of the Vogeltjesmarkt (Bird's market)
Phone: 03-231-0750
Website: http://bourlaschouwburg.nu

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  • Updated Feb 25, 2004
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