OPEN AIR THEATRE DE LICHTENBERG
P. WEEGELS, 1958-1962, IJzerenmanweg 15, Weert
Cinemas and theatres
A Catholic school complex in an idyllic setting was enlarged in the early 1960s with a clutch of sports and cultural facilities. Originally, De Lichtenberg consisted of an open air theatre seating 3000 and including a stage building in three storeys (1962), a swimming pool (1958), a chapel (1958) and sunken tennis courts (1958). Its architecture, a mix of Corbusian modernism and modern classicism, must be unique in the Netherlands. A large part of the ensemble has fallen into disrepair. The remainder - the imposing open air theatre with its canting projection booth and the theatre building with a classical modern colonnade, together with the Ronchamp-like chapel - were in the beginning of the 21th century 'rediscovered'; in 2010 the complex became a listed monument.