Built in 1913, based on plans by the architect Paul Hamesse, for the Les Grands Palais d’Attractions Pathé Frères company, Pathé Palace was home to the first cabaret-type cinema theatre in Brussels. The complex, with a capacity of 2,500 people, contained a cinema, music hall and cabaret, all under the same roof. Four bars and a winter garden were soon also added. The façade of the building is noticeable for its scalloped coping and central bow window flanked by enormous pilasters. Although changes were made to the design in 1950, by architect Rie Haan, the interior lobby has been preserved with its rich decoration of Vienna Secession style polychrome paintings and gilded panelling. This venue with a complicated history served as a theatre for many years, with many famous actors and actresses passing through its doors. Between 1973 and 1990 it was taken over by a store selling domestic appliances, with the cinema being used as a car park! Pathé Palace renewed its links to culture in 1999 and was renamed the Kladaradatsch. However, it soon underwent yet another change of use. Briefly occupied by the Belgian National Theatre between 2002 and 2004, it became a cinema once again in 2018 after many years of uncertainty.
Today, the Palace cinema, with four screens, offers a highly diverse programme of art and arthouse films, combined with an events-based component (film previews, discussions, concerts, etc.) which make full use of the restaurant, also restored in 2018. (Listed 27/03/1997)
Guided tours. Sat. and Sun. at 10h00, 11h00, 12h00, 14h00, 15h00, 16h00 and 17h00 (French) and at 10h30, 11h30, 12h30, 14h30, 15h30, 16h30 and 17h30 (Dutch). In cooperation with Arkadia.
sign-languageGuided tours in sign language (French), Sat. and Sun. at 11h00. Tours will continue towards the Galeries cinema and CINEMATEK. In cooperation with the Arts et Culture association.
Boulevard Anspach/Anspachlaan 85, Brussels
Sat. & Sun. from 10h00 to 18h00
Accessible with assistance