Theater Bellevue

Theater Bellevue

Theater Bellevue in Amsterdam is a theater with three halls: Main Hall, Small Bellevue, Paloni Hall. The Main Hall offers mostly theater, music, dance, mime, children’s theater and puppet performances. Small Bellevue is the place for cabaret. Theater Bellevue has been producing the unique Bellevue Lunch Theater for more than 25 years. It is lunchtime productions, which last as long as an average lunch break and they attract lots of local professionals. Apart from their own productions here there are also regularly performances of existing companies and producers. Theater Bellevue stages productions by both talented young performers and professionals. Theater Bellevue also organizes the annual Pop Arts Festival, a festival with a program of puppetry and objecttheater. Theater Bellevue also offers space for leading festivals such as the Holland Festival, Julidans, Dutch Theater Festival, Amsterdam Fringe Festival and the International Pop Arts Festival. Theater Bellevue in Amsterdam is known for its cabaret programs for almost 80 years. It is considered to be one of the best theaters in the country. Theater was named “Bellevue” after the Women’s Club, which was located in this building before. This building was built in 1840, it turned into a theater in the 1930s and was rebuilt several times, but still works.

A crowd of people is always at the entrance to the popular theater in the evening. In the three local halls you can watch interesting avant-garde, dancing and drama performances. The unique combination of the three different halls and Theatercafé and Restaurant De Smoeshaan creates appropriate atmosphere. In the theater Bellevue there are only entertainment programmes. But sometimes you can see stunning musicals. On the official website of the theater there is a button «Language no problem», which allows you to choose performances that you can watch without knowing a language. But it is difficult to find a programme for children. As we know, cabaret is a place for adults only. When planning a visit you should know that the Dutch have peculiar sense of humor.


The original building on Leidsekade dates from circa 1840 and it housed two societies: Concordia (only for men) and Bellevue (including women and children). The first president of Society Bellevue was the author Jacob van Lennep.

In 1883 the building was owned by Mr. Stroucken and was renamed Maison Stroucken. At that time the building had especially great fame as a conference center. In 1938 the theater had a major renovation. Bellevue was one of the most modern entertainment palaces of Western Europe with five halls and the restaurant Paloni. The theater was substantially rebuilt in 1997, the Main Hall was expanded and engineering cabins were renovated. The entrance hall, cloakroom and Small Hall (later to be named Small Bellevue) were refurbished.

It is easy to reach Theater Bellevue by public transport. For guests with a car the parking is available.

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Theater Bellevue
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Comfortable theatre at a relatively cheap price
You should know Dutch language to watch most of the performances.
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