This Century-Old Theater Was Transformed Into a Bookstore and It’s Truly Enchanting
Entertainment| | By Matthew D'Onofrio
The architect behind the project was Fernando Manzone, who wanted to keep the original, beautiful look of the theater.
The balconies remained, and so did the frescoes created by Nazareno Orlandi and sculptures by Troiano Troiani.
The theater box seats stayed too, and now serve as little reading rooms for those who want them.
And, we forgot to mention the main stage was converted into a café! El Ateneo’s foundation as a theater isn’t truly lost, because a pianist fills the place with tunes during the afternoons.Would you be interested in checking out the Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid?