Palace (fully booked)
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. Four bars and a conservatory were soon added too. 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. Thus, pillars line the foyer, their anthropomorphic capitals supporting a mezzanine with a wrought-iron railing. 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 the 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) and many years of uncertainty, the building was made a cinema again in 2018. The modern-day Palace cinema has four auditoriums. As well as showing a very diverse range of films, it regularly hosts events, making full use of the cinema’s restaurant, which also opened in 2018. (Listed since 27 March 1997)
Guided tours. In cooperation with Arkadia.
Sat. & Sun., 11:30 to 18:00
Boulevard Anspach/Anspachlaan 85, Brussels
Accessible with assistance