Austurbaejarbio Theatre

Snorrabraut 37,
Reykjavik 105

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Functions: Concerts, Live Theatre, Movies (Independent)

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Bioborgin

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Austurbaejarbio Theatre

Opened in the mid-1940’s as a movie theatre, with occasional concert use. It was designed in a modern style (for its era).

Since the early 1980’s it has been in use as a live theatre/concert venue although projection facilities have been retained.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 17, 2007 at 10:58 am

Very funny, Warren ! Actually, I was in Reykjavik 2 or 3 times in the winter during the 1970s and it was actually milder there (because of the Gulf Stream) than it was in New York, and no snow on the ground either. But I don’t remember seeing any theatres or cinemas there.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 17, 2007 at 1:07 pm

The book that I got the brief description details (and a line drawing of the theatre) from was published in the mid'1940’s. It states the ‘The new Austurbaejar Bio Theatre etc…..

Maybe it became (re-named) the Bioborgin Theatre in 1955. It has certainly gone back to its former name today as a live venue.

Buffer on October 29, 2014 at 5:58 pm

In the 1950s, pre television the capital had 7 cinemas serving 55,000. . The Gamla Bio (Old Cinema), Hafnarbio (Harbour), The Tripoli, The Austurbaejarbio (East end cinema) Nyja Bio (New cinema) Stjornubio (Star Cinema) and the Tjarnarbio (The Lake Cinema)

sveinbjorn on September 2, 2015 at 1:43 pm

As a movie theater it’s closed. Haven’t heard of a movie screening there in years. Mostly they do Musical theatre and concerts.

It was called Bíóborgin from 1987. Reference:

It closed as a movie theater in june 2002.

So the statement about it being a venue for theatre and music from the 80s should be corrected, they started doing that in 02 :D

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