Victoriateatern, Malmo, Sweden

Axel Stenberg
Date Built
The Victoriateatern opened its doors on September 9th 1912 and quickly became Malmo's leading cinema.  Orginally the theatre had a small orchestra pit to accommodate the musicians who accompanied the silent films.  It also featured a horseshoe shaped balcony.  Over time the status of the Victoria waned as larger cinemas opened in the city.  In the 1940s the screen and the orchestra pit were replaced by a larger stage and the Victoria became a variety theatre.  However, this new direction was short lived and by the 1950s it was once again transformed into a cinema and stayed that way until the struggle for survival resulted in its closure in 1974.

What followed was a thereat of demolition and a fight back by its admirers which culminated in a building occupation.  Eventually, the decision was made to preserve and restore the theatre and transform it into a multifunctional culture centre containing a concert hall, cinema and theatre all in one.