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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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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