Hallen Theater

Jan van Galenstraat 41,
Amsterdam 1056 BH

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Architects: Dick Greiner

Previous Names: Hallen Cinema

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Hallen Theater

The Hallen Theater, also known as the Hallen Cinema, was a theater and cinema in the Amsterdam-West district of Amsterdam. The theater was opened on October 30, 1936 in the presence of Alderman Monne de Miranda with the film “De jongste rebel” (The Littlest Rebel) starring Shirley Temple. The building in the Modernist brick style in the then new residential area was designed by the architect Dick Greiner.

The theater, built of steel and reinforced concrete, was located next to the Jan van Galen Bridge and opposite the Jan van Galenplantsoen near the Central Market Hall, to which the name of the theatre refers. A striking feature of the theater was that the entrance was at the front on Jan van Galenstraat and the exit one floor below on Geuzenkade at the back of the theater. That system was then called a one-way system. Due to declining visitor numbers, the theater located outside the city center became less and less profitable and was finally closed in 1974.

The building was then empty for two years. After a renovation, it became a branch of Kwantumhallen in 1976, so that the name de Hallen was retained. This name was also used at the other locations. Kwantum left the building in 1996, after which the building was vacant until 2002. Ultimately, the building was demolished and replaced by a new building complex, consisting of shops and homes, and just like the former theater at the rear is one floor lower than at the front.

Contributed by Bart Taffein
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