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La Boheme one of our first small bars

March 2019


La Boheme was set up on Grote Street, in Adelaide's CBD, by Paul Boylon in 2005 as the spray painter and panel beater made a radical career change.

Since then, more than 800 shows have been performed at the boutique cabaret venue.

However, La Boheme has fallen on hard times.

Mr Boylon said they believed part of the impact was the more than 150 small bar licences that had been granted in the city since regulations were changed in 2013, a move he ironically backed.

"I didn't understand or didn't know that they were going to introduce that many, that it wasn't capped, so what we've found is that since the small bar category came in, there's been a slow decrease in turnover," Mr Boylon said.

The nightspot has also been hit by the closure of the nearby Her Majesty's Theatre for a major and long-term rebuild, and work on United Communities, the former Maughan Church in Pitt Street.

"It's not only the patrons of Her Majesty's, but it's also the normal walk-past traffic that's diminished significantly," Mr Boylon said.

Bohemian fans have come to the rescue as Paul has set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise much needed $30,000.  A "Loose Change Cabaret" was also held in March in order to keep the venue going.  At the end of March the target has almost been reached.

It's good news as Paul looks forward to the reopening of neighbouring Her Majesty's Theatre next year and is now confident that La Boheme has a long term future.