oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Die kortstondige bestaan van die Empire-teater in Bloemfontein, Maart-Junie 1905



The value of the Empire theatre, which was opened in Bloemfontein during 1905, undoubtedly lies in the fact that it was not only the first real theatre in Bloemfontein, but also the only variety theatre ever founded in the city, at a time when this type of theatre was already well-established in other parts of the country. Initially, for a brief while, the hall was used as a skating-rink. As the Empire theatre was a going concern for only about one month before it closed down, it is not generally known that such a theatre ever existed. During its short life-span vaudeville in particular was performed daily at the theatre; this feat would never be equalled in the city .


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