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National Theater of Rhodes
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The National Theatre of Rhodes is dominating by its imposing presence on the Town Hall central square of the city of Rhodes.

 

This historic and imposing building was built by the architect Bernabiti and first opened its doors on 1st August 1937. It was named «Teatro Puccini» («Theatre Puccini") in honor of the great Italian composer Giacomo Puccini.

 

The massive theater had its big moments of glory hosting even performances of Italian opera. After the war and the integration of Rhodes to Greece, it continued to function as a theater and cinema in the city.

 

The National Theatre of Rhodes impresses with its unique architecture, combining the "International style" and the "Italian (fascist) style" architecture. This is expressed by the cubist mood, simplicity and symmetry, lack of any ornamentation, horizontal openings and much more. For this reason it is one of the most famous examples of the art of “Finta pietra” with glass blocks in Greece.

The main facade of the theater imitates the great walls of Porta Marina. The main hall is impressive with great depth and height and can accommodate up to 1,200 guests. It also features a stunning foyer, luxury boxes and a very large balcony.

 

Despite the long history of the theater, the building was abandoned over the last six to seven years. After the initiative of Mr. Martin Kanellakis, Chairmen of the Volunteers Foundation in Rhodes, residents have started to join forces to save the National Theatre.

Finally on the 30th October of 2012, the Regional Council of South Aegean approved a funding of € 3 million for the National Theatre and its restoration is now a step closer.

 

 

 

Opening hours:

Monday - Sunday, 9 am - 3 pm

 

Contact information:

Freedom Square 1

85100, Rhodes

Tel: (+30) 22 410 3066

Fax: (+30) 22410 36710

Email: dipetrho@otenet.gr