Municipal Theatre, Ho Chi Minh City

 

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Located in Dong Khoi Street- center of Ho Chi Minh city, near 2 big hotels Caravelle and Continental.

The theatre is considered as the specific work of culture and most expensive construction in the time of French colonial. The Municipal Theatre owes its specific characteristics to the work of architect Félix Olivier, while construction was under supervision of architects Ernest Guichard and Eugène Ferret in 1900. In 1900, the theatre was come into operation aiming to propagate French culture. Its architectural style is influenced by the flamboyant style of the French Third Republic, with the façade shaped like the Petit Palais which was built in the same year in France.

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The house has an audience room, a large theater, a spacious foyer. The house has basements, Mansart –like roofs, roofed by copper sheets in front. At first, the house was made busy by theater troupes from France, after that due to being competed by cinema industry, restaurants, discos, the house only performs  activities at an indifferent level such as singing, concerts and reformed theatre. In period 1955 – 1975, the house was used as the House of Representatives and now is restored as the city theater but too small compared to the huge demand of Saigon today.

Municipal Theatre in Ho Chi Minh City has ancient and majestic architecture with one sitting floor, two above floors, 1,800 chairs, fresh air, modern light and sound system. Municipal Theatre in Ho Chi Minh City hosts professional theater performances such as drama performances, reformed theatre, music, ballet, and opera for all art groups in and outside the country. Moreover, it also organizes meetings, celebrations, cinema, etc.

Address: at 7 Lam Son construction, Ben Nghe ward, District 1

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