Cine Teatro Grand Splendid

1860 Avenida Sante Fe,
Recoleta,
Buenos Aires

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El Ateneo bookstore

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Originally opened on 14th May 1919 as a live theatre, known as the Teatro Grand Splendid, it was built for empresario Max Glucksmann. It was converted into a cinema in 1926, and continued until closing on 4th December 2000. The ceiling has paintings by Italian artist Nazarino Orlandi.

Since closing it serves as ‘El Ateneo’ possibly the most luxurious of all the bookshops in the world! The architect for the conversion was Fernando Manzone, who retained as much as possible of the original decorative details. There is a cafe located on the former stage.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on February 3, 2008 at 9:46 am

I cant believe what i’m seeing here- simply stunning!

hdtv267
hdtv267 on August 14, 2016 at 8:56 am

Here’s a link to an article about this stunning bookstores in the world (former movie palace) from the Vintage News…

http://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/08/13/100-year-old-splendorous-theatre-converted-one-beautiful-bookshops-world-2/

(if someone wishes to hotlink please do- thanks)

muviebuf
muviebuf on September 30, 2016 at 9:21 am

Another article – this time from dose.com:

https://dose.com/100-year-old-tango-theater-is-now-a-bookstore-and-its-spectacular-50c8b181b1df#.8dgnwn8e1

(Wish I knew how to hotlink on this site)

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