Atlas Theater

Unique combination of Theater and Zoo

The centre of the city of Emmen has undergone a complete metamorphosis: project Atalanta. Part of this project is the new WILDLANDS Adventure Zoo. The large entrance building of the Zoo houses the new regional theatre: Atlas Theater, a unique combination of a theatre and a modern zoo.

The theatre was designed by the Danish Henning Larsen Architects and the Dutch Van den Berg Groep to replace the old theatre Muzeval. It has a large auditorium with 850 seats and a smaller space with 300 seats.  

The large auditorium is equipped with a complete stage tower with 89 fly-bars, several point hoists and chain hoists on cranes and an extensive installation of stage lighting and AV-equipment.

The smaller space is equipped with retractable bleachers with curved rows, lighting bridges, fly-bars and two double deck stage elevators, that can be used to create a large stage for pop music, but also serves as a depot of furniture and equipment.


  • Client City of Emmen
  • Architect Henning Larsen Architects / Van den Berg Groep
  • Project

    New theatre with a large (800 seats) and small (300 seats) auditorium

  • Date of completion 2016

Atlas Theater, Emmen

Scope of work Theateradvies®

Logistics, auditorium design, seating, audience facilities, M&E installations.

Fly tower, fly system and lifts, lighting bridges, AV installations, stage lighting installations and furnishing.

Detailed plans and tendering for technical theatre rigging and lifting systems, seating, telescopic seating, AV installations, stage lighting installations and furnishing.

Supervision of the construction of all theatre equipment, planning and budget control.