The Alhambra story began in the early 1870s when a tree nursery made way for a permanent circus structure, le Cirque-National, which in turn became a “café-concert” in 1878. Soon after the turn of the century, local architect Tournier conceived a veritable entertainment complex that comprised a 1,500-seater theatre, an 800-capacity “summer casino” and, peculiarly, a rollerskating rink (the city’s 21st-century “roller parks” are therefore nothing new).
|Europe's biggest "skating-ring" showcased on an old postcard, source: delcampe.net.|
|1914: The theatre becomes |
a parliamentary house.
The Alhambra was also the setting for rallies led by local political figures Jacques Chaban-Delmas, disgraced 1930s and wartime mayor Adrien Marquet (who died just after a meeting held at the Alhambra in 1955) and, in 1969, Georges Pompidou, shortly before he was elected president of France.
|The view from the stage during a 1950 Confédération Générale de l'Agriculture congress. Source: Sud Ouest.|
|Chuck Berry on stage at |
the Alhambra, February 9th 1966.
Picture courtesy of the photographer,
|Poster promoting the 1969 |
appearance of les Pink Floyd
and their "light shaw".
In 1987, the building was sold on to property developers. The theatre was demolished although the listed façade was retained by the Bordeaux architects Brochet/Lajus/Pueyo who designed the apartment complex which now stands where the Alhambra once was.
- Find it on the Invisible Bordeaux map:
- L'Alhambra, rue d'Alzon, Bordeaux
- Ce dossier est également disponible en français!
- Local music authority Philippe Serra shares his memories of the Alhambra in this siter piece.