In the heart of Hamburg on St. Pauli is a unique building, protected as a historic monument, the Schiller Opera! The rotunda of the Schiller-Oper, built in 1889, the last fixed circus of its kind in Germany, is unique and has been a listed protected building since 2012. But: For decades, this building is rapidly becoming obsolete! That's why we, residents, neighbors and citizens founded the Schiller Opera Initiative in the summer of 2015 to prevent further deterioration or even demolition. The building is privately owned. Our initiative endeavors to raise awareness of the historical significance of the Schiller Opera through public relation work, the willingness to engage in dialogue, a resolution.
The Schiller Opera is a testimony to a long-lost, distinct entertainment culture of Europe in the Fin de Siécle.
It is the last 19th century circus building in Europe, which has been completely preserved as a complete steel skeleton construction. It belongs to the series of the first steel skeleton buildings that were built in Europe as an entertainment building.
In its 128-year history, the Schiller Opera has always been the place of identification for the people of Hamburg St. Pauli, and in our view, after decades of vacancy, it should once again become a meeting place, a space for art and culture. All around, we would like to see much-needed social housing for the less well-heeled people in the neighborhood.
In 2018, we are pursuing the goal of being a citizen's initiative and being involved in the development of a socially acceptable concept of use of the Schiller Oper.