THE FORMER „I.L.CARAGIALE” THEATER

CAPITOLINE WOLF STATUE
October 23, 2017
TRADE UNIONS’ HOUSE OF CULTURE
October 23, 2017

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The former Caragiale Theater is a building in Alba Iulia which has been serving the culture for nearly 150 years. Its story began in the late 1800s when a kindergarten located in the city park was refurbished and was given the role of a public place of entertainment, a sort of „club” frequented by the „good people”: businessmen, magistrates, officials, teachers.

The building was completely refurbished, extended and upgraded ahead of the Coronation celebrations in 15 October 1922. In those days it also received the name of „Caragiale Theater” and on 1 December of the same year, the theatrical season opened officially.

The place kept its entertaining role during the interwar period. Theatrical and musical performances took place in the casino big hall which had 400 seats. In addition to the meeting rooms, there was also a restaurant with a covered terrace. During the communist years, the place took several names: „Communal Theater”, „Municipal Theater”, „Municipal House of Culture” and „23 August Cinema”.

In the early 1990s, when „1 Decembrie 1918” University was established in the city, the former Caragiale Theater became the „Student Culture House”.

Beyond its many names, the building had an uninterrupted cultural purpose and, in this respect, it has been one of most „historic” edifices in the city.

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