The Krakow VARIETE Theatre is located in a historical building of the former Związkowiec Cinema-Theatre. The building (listed in the register of monuments) of the former Związkowiec cinema at ul. Grzegórzecka, was erected in 1938.
In 1948-1952, on the order of the works council of Zakłady Fabryki Maszyn, Kotłów i Wagonów im. L. Zieleniewskiego, it was developed and modernised by an outstanding architect and engineer, Zbigniew Solawa. The original purpose of the building was to create a place for the organisation of factory workers’ work and for occasional meetings. Over time, the Związkowiec Cinema-Theatre gained new functionality – it was equipped with an auditorium and a cinema hall. Numerous events, performances by artists and comics of Teatr Satyryków (Satirist Theatre) took place its premises.
Związkowiec is an example of the pre-war modernism architecture, it has a simple body with a clearly emphasised cornice cap. After renovation, the building regained its former glory and glamour; the foyer, stage and stairs were restored as well with particular care to emphasise their pre-war character. Now, after more than 20 years, Związkowiec is again play an entertainment role, becoming the seat of the new theatre, the first musical theatre in Krakow – the VARIETE Theatre.