A century of tradition
Palladium Malmö was inaugurated in 1920 to great pomp and circumstance with its very own orchestra. The building was designed by city architect August Stoltz and, with its 1044 seats, alongside the Scania, it became Malmö’s premier cinema.
The building, initially designed for both theatre and film, functioned primarily as a cinema, but has also been used for theatre, revue and concerts. Such greats as Laurel and Hardy, Jussi Björling and Alice Babs have performed on the Palladium stage, and it was here that Carola Häggkvist had her breakthrough with the song “Främling” (Stranger) in the 1983 Swedish Song Contest. Carola later returned to celebrate her 25-year anniversary as an artist. The final film performance in Palladium’s time as a cinema was Bille August’s “Jerusalem” in 1996.
On 14 February 2004, Palladium Malmö reopened under the care of Musik i Syd, following meticulous renovation of the original interior and having been redesigned to function as modern performance venue for both music and dance.