The Labia Theatre

The Labia Theatre in Orange Street, Gardens, dates back to 1949. Originally used purely for performing arts – and possibly as the ballroom for the Italian Embassy next door before that, but that’s an unconfirmed rumour – films were screened there from around the mid-1970s.

When Ludi Kraus took over in September 1989, the Labia began its incarnation as the home of cult, classic and art movies, with a smattering of box office hits. Hey, they pay the rent.

Ludi has tried to maintain as many of the authentic features of the old building as possible, such as the ticket booth and the sweet counter, even the seats (although they’ve been re-padded), but has since added three more screens and a bar and terrace to the original Labia.

One of the best things about The Labia, besides the cool movies you won’t see anywhere else, is that you can drink a glass of wine or a beer inside, plus there are super movie and meal offers every night of the week except Sunday: Monday and Tuesday – pasta at Societi Bistro (R90 for two), Mon fish & chips at Ocean Basket, Kloof St (R75) (Wednesday and Saturday – pizza at Diva CafĂ© Ristorante in Buitenkant Street (R85), Thursday and Friday – meals at Kauia (R80) Those prices are for two meals and two movie tickets. You will be forgiven for thinking there is a mistake.


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