Circus buildings

I love circus buildings because in many of them you know which great artists have performed there. Who has walked in those corridors. Circus buildings, for me, connect circus history with our present time. They are cultural temples.

Piet-Hein Out

Amiens, Cirque Jules Verne

The municipal circus of Amiens in Northern France (Picardy) was inaugurated in 1887. Circuses still perform inside this historic venue.

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Amsterdam, Carré

From Dutch Royal Circus this building became the Dutch Royal Theatre. Located in the heart of Amsterdam today the circus still thrives here.

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Blackpool, Tower Circus

The Tower Circus first opened to the public on 14 May 1894 and has not missed a season since. One of the world’s most historic circus venues.

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Budapest, Fővárosi Nagycirkusz

The Capital Circus of Budapest has a long history. The current building was opened in 1971 and is still in use today.

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Budapest, Maciva Művésztelep

In 2012 Piet-Hein Out visited the Hungarian Circus and Variety Artists Colony. Just in time before the old stables and animal ring were demolished.

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Copenhagen, Cirkusbygningen

This circus building survived a big fire, possible demolishing but did end up without a circus function as a dinner show.

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Douai, Hippodrome

This circus used to have a straight lined roof, but after damages in WWII it was replaced by its current dome shaped roof.

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Furuvik, Teater-Cirkus

 A wooden circus in the middle of a zoo / amusement park in Sweden. Yet a building with an amazing history that connects with famous circus names such as Houcke, Svensson, Rhodin, but also other world famous names such as Mel Tormé and Josephine Baker.

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Ghent, Nieuw Circus

Constructed in 1894, destroyed by a fire in 1920, rebuilt in 1923 this building hosted its last circus performance in 1944. It became a derelict garage, but soon…

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Great Yarmouth, Hippodrome Circus

Famous for its water ballet performances the Great Yarmouth Hippodrome Circus still amazes audiences every year.

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Hamburg, Zirkus Busch

The first circus building constructed by Paul Busch and his wife. When the Circus Renz building was offered for sale Busch bought it and moved his circus there. This building became the Schiller Theater.

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Hoppegarten, Staatszirkus der DDR

When the Circus Barlay building on the Friedrichstrasse in Berlin was torn down the center part of the building was recycled as rehearsal ring in the Winter quarters of the East-German State Circus.

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Julinek, Circus Base

In 1950 the Polish State Circus got a circus base with rehearsal rings and stables. When the State circus ceased its activities the base was abandoned but now is being restored as an children's activity park.

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Julinek, Polish State School of Circus Art

The Polish State Circus School was founded and placed on the Julinek Circus Base in 1967. In 1999 the school was relocated to Warsaw, but since 2014 it is back in Julinek.

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Kiev, National Circus of Ukraine

This is the third permanent circus building to have been build in Kiev. Its twin sister was in Minsk, but over the years the appearance of the twins has been changed by renovations.

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Liège, Cirque des Variétés

Nowadays a gym, parking garage and ex-dancing, the Cirque des Variétés used to be an elegant circus building with three stories of balconies and visits of circuses such as Rancy, Corty and Renz.

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Linköping, Cirkus

After two modest wooden buildings at different locations the city of Linköping in Sweden decided to have a stone circus building build. It opened in 1912 and only the outside is still pretty much intact. Nowadays it is an office building.

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London, The Palladium / Hengler's Circus

From bazaar to Hengler’s Circus to Ice Rink to Royal Italian Circus. Yet nowadays this building is arguably the most famous theatre in London and the United Kingdom, especially for musical variety shows: The London Palladium.

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London, The London Hippodrome

Built by Edward Moss to combine hippodrome, circus and theatre, it was designed by the talented theatre architect Frank Matcham. The London Hippodrome was heralded as another wonder of London.

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Malmö, Hippodromen

The Hippodrome (often shortened Hipp) is a former circus building in Malmö, which is beeing used by Malmö City Theater. Openend in 1899 to put Malmö on the map, this magnificent building still manages to do so.

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München, Circus Krone-Bau

The Bavarian capitol has been the home to Circus Krone for many years. This building is the third Krone building at this location. The first was destroyed by bombs at the end of WW II. The second building was quickly erected after the war which ment later on it needed to be replaced by the current building.

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Paris, Cirque d'Hiver-Bouglione

It is the oldest surviving circus building in the world. The flying trapeze was invented here by Leotard and for the movie “Trapeze” the building was used as the set for the movie stars Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida and Burt Lancaster. Owned by the Bouglion family it still is in use as a circus to this day!

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Scheveningen, Circustheater

The best known musical theater in Holland started out as a circus building. Almost demolished several times the original dome still survives and covers spectators who come to enjoy and see a great show.

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Stockholm, Cirkus

In the heart of the Swedish capital you can find this majestic circus building. Nowadays a theater, but also used as a television studio in the past. Many great circuses and artists have performed here.

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Valenciennes, Hippodrome

This circus building was planned to be revived as a cultural palace for the northern France city of Valenciennes. Not bad after last serving as a supermarket. Nothing happened and it looks the building will become a (super)market again.

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Verviers, Le Manège

Partially destroyed by a fire a big part of the circus, theater and riding hall Le Manège of Verviers survived. It has been restored and partially used to build apartments.The front in Moorish style is an absolute eye-catcher.

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