Nes 75-87 has a rich history. It started in 1342, when Nes became a part of the Amsterdam city area. In the beginning of the 15th century, behind the Rokin a cluster of cloisters emerged. Names of side streets of the Nes still remind us of these days, for example Gebed zonder End (Prayer without End).
In the 17th and 18th century, the Nes developed as a lively place of shops and companies, the colourful signposts gave a festive look to the streets. Along with the stores, cafes emerged and the Nes became a well-known and busy street. In the 19th century, the Nes was the place to be for going out.
Around 1900 Nes became less popular and the street was by the upper-class public avoided. Tobacco companies and offices moved in, and at night the street was desolate. The TOBACCO Theater was a tobacco auction house around this time. The auction hall is pointed north so that the tobacco leaves could be seen well and traded well.
Later on, the TOBACCO Theater was used as an auction house for Sotheby-Mak van Waay. In the 60s, the theater life got a boost. Tobacco auction houses were redesigned to become theaters, for example the Engelenbak, the Vlaams Cultureel Centrum, De Brakke Grond, Comedy Theater en Cosmic Theater in what is now TOBACCO Theater.
Since 2007, PromoPodium is the proud owner of Nes 75-87. The old Cosmic Theater is completely renovated and reopened its doors in October 2011. The characteristic industrial elements have been kept in their full glory. The Nes is now lively and, more importantly, theatre and business have found each other at Nes 75-87!