Buenos Aires, Argentina – This 100 year old movie theatre was transformed into a breathtaking bookstore

posted by ThrHistoricalSociety on October 3, 2016 at 6:03 am

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From AOL.com: Whether you’re an avid bookworm, moderate reader or anywhere in between, there’s no doubt that glancing at this display of books will absolutely take your breath away.

The setup at El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Buenos Aires, Argentina makes you want to simultaneously run through the aisles singing yet stand back in awe.

The building was originally built as a Argentinian tango theatre nearly 100 years ago.

Six years ago, it was converted into perhaps the grandest and most ornate bookstore in the world. Annually, the 21,000-square-foot bookstore brings in an estimated one million tourists and sells over 700,000 books.

Books can be found in all languages, but since it is located in Argentina after all, the majority of selections are in Spanish.

Most of the building’s charm comes from the preservation of the painted ceilings, theatre boxes and balconies, and of course, the characteristic red stage curtains.

The stage area itself has been transformed into a café with seating for guests to marvel at the sights — or you know, read a book.

Story, with extensive photo gallery and video: http://www.aol.com/article/finance/2016/09/30/this-100-year-old-movie-theatre-was-transformed-into-a-breathtak/21484177/

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