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Town Theatre

Ferdinand Fellner, Hermann Helmer

alias Arbeitertheater, Kaiser Franz Joseph-Theater
history of the theatresupplementtechnical dataHistoric equipment

Important events

(detail)27.9.1899 | opening
Opened with the comedy "Little Man" by C. Karlweis. Designed by Fellner & Helmer with frescoes by Victor Hausmann, relief on the proscenium boxes by Othmar Schimkowitsch.
(detail)1902 | fire
Interior fire destroyed almost the entire interior of the auditorium and the ceiling decoration, subsequently renovated.
(detail)1944 | fire
The theatre suffered heavy bombardment.
(detail)80. 's 20. century | renovation
Major overhaul by the Robert Krapfenbauer and Hermann Scheifinger was carried out in 1986-1992.


(detail)Hermann Helmer |main architect
The phenomenon of the architects Fellner and Helmer would be difficult to capture with only one building. Their work consisted of continual, although somewhat stereotypical, work in terms of style. They placed a great emphasis on achieving the technical-operational needs of theatre buildings. They created a large number of theatres (mainly national theatres) in Central Europe - Austria, Croatia, Romania, the Czech Republic, etc.More theatres

Viktor Fiala |architect - participant of the competition



– Hans-Christoph Hoffmann, Die Theaterbauten von Fellner und Helmer, München 1966, p. 90 and fig. 31–35

– Gerhard M. Dienes (ed.), Fellner & Hellmer: Die Architekten der Illusion. Theaterbau und Bühnenbild in Europa, Graz 1999, pp. 131–138

– Felix Dvorak, Stadttheater Berndorf: das hundertjährige Wunder. Wien: K und S, 1998


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