Bourla Theater (Bourlaschouwburg), Antwerp

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Bourla Theatre (also known as Bourlaschouwburg) is a theatre located in Antwerp that seats around 900. The building is designed in a neoclassical style on the site of the former Tapissierspand tapestry market. The theatre was designed on request from the city in 1827 by the city architect Pierre Bourla. Construction began in 1829, but was delayed due to the Belgian Revolution. The theatre was finally finished in 1834 and opened under the name, Grand Théâtre or Théâtre Royal Français, on account of its ownership by a French company. Presently, the Bourla houses the theatre company Het Toneelhuis, which is a merger of the companies, Koninklijke Nederlandse Schouwburg and Blauwe Maandag Compagnie.
The Bourla is the last remaining municipal theatre in Europe with original stage machinery, which fill five levels above and below the stage. The building has been named a protected building since 1938, and therefore is regarded among the most important historic buildings in Belgium.
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  • Nice cafe, great setting in the center of Antwerp. Perfect spot to sit down and relax during a weekend. You’ll have to be patient though: service is friendly but very slow.  more »
  • Bourla Theatre is an absolutely fantastic theatre building located in the heart of this most beautiful of cities. A very unique piece of architecture, this circular building certainly catches the...  more »
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  • Good location and environment. Low level of service (maybe unlucky by being served by the wrong waitress). Bad meal experience overall.
  • You definitely have to enter there and admire the building not only from outside, but from inside also. You will not regret.

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