Tower Hall Theatre

Tower Hall Theatre
Colombo Hatton National Bank Building (Photo credit: Google Street View)

Tower Hall Theatre (Sinhala: ටවර් හෝල් රඟහල) is located at No. 93, Panchikawatta Rd in Maradana in Colombo District, Sri Lanka. Constructed in 1911 by an entrepreneur named G.D. Hendrick Seneviratna, it is the first theatre built in the country (Welandawe & Weerasinghe, 2016). The clock tower next to the main hall is said to have been built to represent the "Tower of London" and because of this tower, the theatre came to be known as the Tower Hall (Welandawe & Weerasinghe, 2016).

To encourage and promote national theatrical activities, the Tower Hall Theatre Foundation (THTF) was established under the THTF Act No. 01 of 1978. The foundation also functions as the National Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI). The hall was renovated in the 1980s by President Premadasa (Gunawardena, 2003).

See also

1) Gunawardena, C.A., 2003. Encyclopedia of Sri Lanka. Sterling Publishers Pvt Ltd. ISBN: 81-207-2536-0. p.293.
2) Welandawe, H., Weerasinghe, J., 2016. Urban Heritage in the Western Region Megapolis Planning Project. p.95.

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This page was last updated on 31 August 2022
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