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The first Kurhaus becomes a “Kurhaus theatre”

In 1873 began the building of today’s “Pavillon des Fleurs”, the first Merano Kurhaus (opened on 14 November 1874). No theatre was planned, but very soon a movable stage was installed. “Locals and ladies & gentlemen taking the cure entertained – at first two or three times a week, then even four times a week – the ever more demanding public, staging comedies and farces and, together with the local band, operettas and even operas. In the 1879/80 season the tourist administration brought a real theatre company under the direction of Mr Kitzing to the Merano Kurhaus: it was soon being used almost exclusively for theatrical ends and no longer for its original purpose. In the 1890s however the demand for a theatre became ever greater. The city’s name was too well-known and the public arriving from foreign cities too sophisticated (the number of guests having increased to 13,000) to be able to continue to make do with the Kurhaus theatre.” (Translated from the book Das Stadttheater Merano [The Merano Theatre ], Renate Abram, 1989.)

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Kurhaus & Stadttheater Meran
Freiheitsstr. 33
I-39012 - Meran
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Zwei Seelen
Ein Vorspiel by Hannes Egger