The Mercelis Theatre
Dating from the the early 20th century, the building now occupied by the Mercelis Theatre once housed a large multi-functional hall used by local groups. As early as 1922, the Bonivers touring company tried to get its show installed there permanently. In subsequent years, the building became home to a café and a billiard hall. During the 1930s, the local council in Ixelles/Elsene rented part of the premises, ultimately going on to buy the whole site shortly after the Second World War. Having acquired the building, however, the council hung fire until 1953 before commencing renovation, entrusting this task to architect Armand Poppe. Both the interior and exterior then underwent a complete facelift and it was these works that gave the theatre its current ‘jewel-box’ appearance. With a capacity of 178, the theatre currently offers a varied programme of events and is also available for hire.
Guided tours, Sun. at 10h30. Up to 30 people per tour. Booking preferred. Call 02/515.67.48. In French only. In cooperation with the Municipality of Ixelles/Elsene.
Experience the theatre differently! Tours with the Ligue d’Improvisation professionnelle, Sun. at 14h00 and 17h00.