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Construction of the Lunatheater: 1929-1932
The Lunatheater was built from 1929 to 1932 on the site of a former Luna Park, and its style was somewhere between art deco and modernism. The architect was Marcel Driesmans. As well as the theatre itself, the complex contained 42 flats and a coffee house. In the side wing, along the canal, there were a café, a conference room, a foyer, offices for the management and 24 private offices. The building displayed an interesting urban-planning concept: living, working and recreation in one entity.
Opening of the Lunatheater: 1932
The Lunatheater opened its doors for the first time on 7th October 1932. Revues and operettas were performed. Only two weeks after the inauguration, however, Ernest Kindermans, the founder and the inspiration behind it, was dead. The Lunatheater did not recover from this blow and closed down after two seasons.
Renewed impetus: the 1940s and 50s
In the forties and fifties the Lunatheater was again used as a variety theatre.
Languishing: the 1960s, 70s and 80s
At the beginning of the sixties it was taken over by a carpet business. When work started on the underground railway, the building was left empty and began to go to seed. In 1988 it was purchased by the Immobilière Moderne property company.
Reopening in 1993
In 1991, the Ancienne Belgique and the Kaaitheater, both looking for a suitable theatre, proposed to the authorities returning the Lunatheater to its original use. In 1992, the Flemish Minister of Culture, Hugo Weckx, leased the building for 30 years from the Immobilière Moderne. The Lunatheater was reopened on the 10th September 1993. At the end of 1996 the Ancienne Belgique moved back into its renovated auditorium in Anspachlaan. Since then the Lunatheater has been run entirely by vzw Kaaitheater.
Lunatheater becomes Kaaitheater: 2001
The name Lunatheater is replaced by the name Kaaitheater.