Salle des Fêtes Jeusette

Built: 1948

Abandoned: 2002

Visited: 2013

Liège, Belgium

In the middle of an industrial area I found this abandoned theater. It is better known by the locals under the name of Salle des Fêtes d’Ougrée Marihayeor, or simply OM. It was originally used as a socialist theater and meeting room for the workers of a nearby steel plant Cockerill. With the economic crisis the use of the theater was scaled down.

Last show

Due to lack of maintenance and the high fixed costs, the factory eventually had to close the theater. The last performance inside Salle des Fêtes Jeusette was in 1995. The steel company closed its doors in 1998. In 2010 the building was sold by Cockerill to the city of Liège. Government funding is promised to turn this old theater into a cultural hall that can house 2.000 visitors.

In 2015 the theater is featured in the videoclip from Belgium singer Stromae. Abandoned places are quite popular for cinema and television, but also for musicvideos.

Photos Salle des Fêtes Jeusette

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