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History of the Theatre on Nowy Świat Street

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01 Dec 21
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Nowy Świat - this is where the cream of Warsaw's society used to hang out
Nowy Świat - this is where the cream of Warsaw's society used to hang out

Nowy Świat - this is where the cream of Warsaw's society used to hang out

As early as the 18th century Nowy Świat attracted residents and tourists with its elegant stores, tenement houses, cafes, theaters, cabarets, and later cinemas. At the turn of the 20th century the neighborhood was famous for its garden theaters: "New World", "Belle-Vue", "Aquarium" and "Jardin d'Hiver", and "Circus".
„Nowy Świat” Theater

„Nowy Świat” Theater

The "Nowy Świat" theater operated in 1882-1888, and then - until 1902 - operated under the name "Wodewil". A year later, it reactivated as "Renaissance." In 1910, performances from the Little Theater were moved here, during World War I the "Artistic Theater" was staged, and since 1918 the "Renaissance" regained the scene. In the early 1920s of the XXth century the theater underwent renovations, gaining an auditorium with 1,200 seats and a summer stage. In the 1930s the "Majestic" cinema operated here.
Cinema Theatre "Miraż"
Cinema Theatre "Miraż"

Cinema Theatre "Miraż"

In 1913, at number 63, a cinematograph "Mirage" with an audience of one hundred people was built. Over time, it expanded to become a movie theater. In 1920, the building of the "Mirage" was almost completely burned down, and after reconstruction, in the building under the name "Theater Nietoperz", operated among others the cinema "Rococo", the revues "Perskie Oko", "Karuzela", "Wesołe Oko" and "Kameleon", as well as the theater of Mieczysława Ćwiklińska and Antoni Fertner. In 1939 the well known Europa cinema operated at the address Nowy Swiat 63 .
Nowy Świat 19

Nowy Świat 19

In turn, at number 19 Nowy Świat, in the Kossakowski palace, the "Bi-Ba-Bo" theater opened its doors in 1913 (in the coat of arms room). The "Palaise de Glace" (an auditorium in the reconstructed Ollier palace) operated in the courtyard; its name was derived from the slide that had operated there earlier. In this place, in 1916, Pola Negri, a budding artist and later silent movie icon, performed a snake dance show. During the occupation, the Golden Hive theater performed here.
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