Establishment of Private Theatres

A private theatre may be established as an institution, an arts organization or a company

Private theatres may be established as institutions, arts organizations and companies by domestic and foreign legal and natural persons.

Requirements for Establishment

According to the Theatres Act, the requirements for establishment require the theatre to possess the following:
  • theatre facilities functionally suitable and equipped for performing stage and musical theatre works
  • the necessary professional arts personnel
  • the necessary organizational and technical employees.

The existence of the requirements for establishment is determined by the City Office for Culture of the City of Zagreb.

Their contact information can be found on the websites of the City of Zagreb and the Ministry of Culture and Media

City Office for Education, Culture and Sports of the City of Zagreb

E-procedure for obtaining approval for performing cultural service activities.

Theatres and theatre companies established as institutions and companies are registered in the court register, and those established as arts organizations are registered in the Registry of Arts Organizations.

Registration in the Theatre Registry

Once established, theatres, theatre companies and theatre establishments are registered in the Theatre Registry at the Ministry of Culture and Media on the basis of the application for registration. The application form, as well as instructions for the e-procedure of applying for registration in the Theatre Registry, can be downloaded from the Ministry's website.

Application form for registration in the Theatre Registry.

The application for registration is submitted by the Intendant, Theatre Director or Acting Director, or the temporary Intendant or Theatre Director, to the County Office of the Ministry of Culture and Media with jurisdiction for cultural affairs in the area of the theatre's registered office, or to the Office of the City of Zagreb competent for cultural affairs.

Theatre Registry.