February 23, 2014

Mink DeVille at the Dutch Flora Theatre A'dam 1982

The Poster
Title: Flora theater Amsterdam 7-8-9 July starting 20:30 Mink de Ville Rough Trade (...) Mojo Concerts Read Muziekkrant Oor. Maker: Designer/Art Director: Mojo Concerts tagged: popular music. Dated: 1982-1983. Object: poster size: 1180 x 830 mm source: 82-03169 (poster), 150 years of Dutch advertising, advertising Arsenal. Copyright: for information: advertising Arsenal.

Mink DeVille
At the 80s Mink DeVille played the famous Dutch Flora theatre (club Flora Palace), Amstelstraat 26 (later extended with 24 and 28) Amsterdam. First stood on this spot Café Flora, Flora/concert hall/variety. Unfortunately, no pictures of this July 7/8/9th DeVille gigs (if you have 'em please let us know!).

[Mink DeVille during a performance in Sweden 1982]

The Theatre
After the fire in 1902, the theatre was rebuilt in 1903, and was named Flora theatre. Originally built as a stable (with upstairs apartment); Converted into theatre: (supposedly) 1893; Client: Anton Nöggerath. Opening as theatre: 1893; Remodeling: 1896-1897: remodeling and addition of two adjacent buildings (No. 24 and 28); placement of second corridor; 1900: renovation of the floor of the concert hall; Architect: 1900: J. Lenderink. Capacity: 100, 1000 (from 1896-1897). Balconies: 1 (After 1896-1897: two galleries). Scene Type: list stage. Kind of performances: Variety, revue, opera, operetta.

[photos © 70mm.nl]

In 1977 Flora was a movie theater and reopened the doors as the Flora Disney theatre. The decor was thematically, and there were only Walt Disney films on the big screen. The Flora theatre was converted into a nightclub in 1980 'Flora Palace' and in 1986 to the nightclub 'Be-Bop'. Manfred Langer established in 1989 in the former 'Flora Theatre' his disco iT. Initially a gay discotheque, but soon high-profile popular with a wider audience. At nr. 30/32 based in the former bank building Wertheim & Gomperts later on opened another disco The 'Soulkitchen', It was known for its good mix of funk, soul and disco classics from the 1960s and 1970s. The dance club Flora had its peak in the 90's with DJ Jan Novica, but closed its doors in 2002. In 2006 it is demolished and now there is a new gym located in the Amstelstreet. [source: theaterencyclopedie & wiki A'dam]

Men at the bar in the ruin of the Flora-theater in Amsterdam Netherlands, 1929. The bar was open once every 3 months, in order to maintain the license. Photographer: unknown [Source: SFA022005927, Het Leven, Spaarnestad Photo].

[Mud fighting in Flora Palace, formerly the Flora Theatre 1982].

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