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President Theatre
Pretoria, Gauteng

Status:Demolished c1922


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25°44'49.98" S 28°11'13.93" E

In 1888 the South African Hotel and Tavern on the western side of Church Square next door to the Netherlands Bank, where the Capitol Theatre now stands, was converted to a theatre with room for 350, it was initially called The Alhambra Theatre. At some stage before 1897 the name was changed to the President Theatre and for a while was the only theatre in the city. The theatre was again renamed the Empress Theatre in 1903 and retained that name until 1910. It was demolished c1922.

See also The Encyclopaedia of South African Theatre

Writings about this entry

Allen, Vivien. 1971. Kruger's Pretoria: buildings and personalities of the city in the nineteenth century. Cape Town: Balkema. pg 55
Dunston, Lola & Dunston, Tom. 1975. Young Pretoria 1889-1913. Pretoria: Dunston. pg 26