Built in 1913 to plans drafted by architect Paul Hamesse for the company Les Grands Palais d’Attractions Pathé Frères, Pathé Palace was home to the first cabaret-type cinema in Brussels. The complex, with a capacity of 2,500, housed a cinema, a music hall and a cabaret, as well as four bars and a conservatory. The building’s façade is notable for its scalloped coping and central bow window flanked by enormous pilasters. Although changes were made to the design in 1950 under the direction of architect Rie Haan, the building’s interior is still richly decorated in the Vienna Secession style, with colourful paintwork and gilded woodwork. While the venue was a successful theatre in its day, between 1973 and 1990 it held a shop selling domestic appliances – the old cinema even served as the shop’s car park! However, in 1999 Pathé Palace became a cultural space once more, under the new name Kladaradatsch. Following a brief period being used by the French-speaking National Theatre of Belgium (from 2002 to 2004), the building was made into a cinema again in 2018. Nowadays, the Palace has four auditoriums. As well as showing a range of arthouse films, it regularly hosts events, making full use of the cinema’s bar, which also opened in 2018. In addition, these attractive spaces can be hired for events, providing an unforgettable backdrop for receptions of all kinds. A meeting place par excellence, the establishment also has a wonderful outdoor seating area to the rear, in Rue Van Praet/Van Praetstraat. (Listed 27/03/1997)
Guided tours: Sat. and Sun. at 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 (in French); 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30 and 17:30 (in Dutch). In cooperation with Arkadia.
Sat. & Sun., 11:00 to 18:00
Boulevard Anspach/Anspachlaan 85, Brussels
guided tours and by reservation only
Accessible with assistance