|Schouwburg of Semarang taken in 1988 (source: atlasofmutualheritage.nl)|
|Inside the Schouwburg building. (source: mesias.com)|
Schouwburg has a important role to the advantages of the entertainment world on Semarang. Or maybe, the song of Gambang Semarang, firstly performed on this building? Dont know exactly. Even there's a lot of people said that the famous woman spy during World War I, Margaretha Gertruida Zelle a.k.a Matahari ever performed her dance here. Well, just for the information, Matahari have stayed in Indonesia from 1897-1902, followed her husband whom worked in Indonesia.
Tragically, after the independence of Indonesia, the building was never used as a drama theatre anymore. The building become abandoned then used by Empat Lima Foundation. Nowadays, the building condition is so terrible. The shape of the building is cant be seen anymore. The Building become ruins with bushes growth around it. What a pity!