This somewhat retro-futuristic theatre in the coastal desert city of Namibe, southwestern Angola, is one of many buildings abandoned in the wake of Portuguese colonial decline in the region after 1974. The concrete dome remains intact but the interior is little more than a waste-ground of rubble and trash. This form of modernist architecture has as many enemies as friends nowadays, but the solid structure seems to be crying out for some form of adaptive reuse.
Namibe, previously known as Moçâmedes, was founded by the Portuguese in 1840 and is one of Angola’s main ports. Following the April 1974 “Carnation Revolution” in Lisbon, many Moçâmedes-based fishing boats set sail for Portugal with entire families onboard, and Angola finally achieved independence in 1975. Explore more incredible abandoned theatres and movie palaces here.Follow @arquitectonico