Middenweg 18-20,
Amsterdam 1097 BN

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Architects: Jan Brinkman, Leendert van der Vlugt

Previous Names: Ooster-Theater

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On January 13, 1930, the Godefroa couple opened the Ooster-Theater with “Als de Seringen bloeien”. The building was erected in 1926 for an unknown use by the architects Jan Brinkman and Leendert van der Vlugt. In September 1936 the Godefroas closed their theater, and two German immigrants (Gabbe and Schaps) reopened the theater as Bio-Theater on 10th November 1936 with “Jeugd in nood” (“Gentlemen are Born”) starring Franchot Tone. Now with 527 seats. Because of the imminent war they both fled to South America, after which Lichtspel Centrum and after the war Holland Film (both Van Royen) took over the exploitation.

In 1970 the cinema, along with many others from Van Royen, moved to City Theater NV, which closed the Bio-Theater on 8th January 1975 with “Als adelaars vielen ze aan” (“Where Eagles Dare”) starring Richard Burton & Clint Eastwood. The Bio-Theater was known for showing musicals.

By 2019 it was in use as an antique furniture store. cIt had been demolished by September 2022.

Contributed by Bart Taffein

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kgtband on May 18, 2023 at 10:06 am

Based on Google maps, it looks like it has been demolished.

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