The Coliseu do Porto is a theatre in Porto. Together with the nearby (but unfortunately abandoned) Batalha Cinema, the Coliseu is a very good example of Portuguese Streamline Moderne and Art Deco. Construction started in 1937 and the building was declared finished in 1941.
The project was a result of the collaboration between Jan Wils (Netherlands) and several Portuguese architects (Cassiano Branco, José Porto and Júlio José de Brito).
In 1995 the building was nearly sold to a Brazilian Church (Universal Church of the Kingdom of God). However, the people of Porto were not fond of this idea. A mass demonstration sparked an intervention that prevented the deal to take place. The venue was handed over to a group of citizens that, still today, manages the Coliseu as a cultural venue. In 1996 a fire destroyed part of the venue. Rebuilt over a very short period, it showed some limitations and the venue suffered new interventions in 1997 and 1998. It was officially reopened in November 1998.
The Rua Passos Manuel and the nearby streets show an abundance of art deco buildings. Check them!
The opposite Maus Habitos allows good views on and photo opportunities of the Coliseu building.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.