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