Circus director and entrepreneur Oscar Carré opened his majestic theatre on the banks of the Amstel in 1887. Before that he had a travelling circus which was famous for its acts involving horses. Oscar Carré was familiar with the glitter and glamour, and the applause, but was no stranger either to the business side of theatre life. After many triumphs throughout Europe, he settled in Amsterdam. The Carré family lived in the company house which now houses the grand Loge Foyer.