The Bagatela Theater has gone through different fates. It changed names, and even was renamed the cinema, and was damaged by a fire. The most famous Polish actors worked here. Here we take you on a journey through the history of the place.
The history of the “Bagatela” Theater dates back to 1918, when Marian Dąbrowski, the publisher and editor of the “Ilustrowany Kurier Dnia” daily, initiated the creation of the stage. The building was designed in 1918–1919 by architect Janusz Zarzecki, the interiors were designed by the painter and decorator Henryk Uziembło. On October 25, 1919, a the openning ceremony took place.
In 1926, due to financial difficulties, the theater was reclassified as a cinema.
The fire that broke out on the night of April 6-7, 1928 completely destroyed the interior.
In 1938 the building was modernized according to the design of Fryderyk Tadanier and was called “Scala”. It was the most elegant cinema in Krakow.
In the years 1946-1948 the Chamber Theater was located here.
After the war, he changed his name many times. He was, among others The Young Spectator Theater (from 1949)
In 1957 the Rozmaitości Theater was founded here.
In 1970, the name Bagatela was returned – thanks to readers of Dziennik Polski, who in the survey carried out in the pages indicated the name as the most appropriate. In 1972, he was named Tadeusz “Boy” Żeleński – to commemorate the one who was one of the “fathers” of the theater. Apparently, it was he who persuaded Krakow entrepreneurs to create a comedy theater modeled on a French one. He also supposedly came up with the name “Bagatela”.
Few today remember that the most famous Polish actors – both pre-war and post-war – worked in this theater. Among them appears, among others Roman Polański, and the set was prepared by, among others Tadeusz Kantor.
“Kiss on the stage” performance. Maria Treszczyńska and Leopold Zbucki in one of the scenes of the performance. (Bagatela Theater), 1925
“Goodbye to us” performed in 1934. A unique stage show with Hawaiian costumes
And here is how it looks today, in 2019.
To another 100 years!