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MUNICIPAL THEATRE PIRAEUS
|Iroon Politechniou Street, Piraeus|
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|MUNICIPAL THEATRE PIRAEUS|
| The building is a perfectly symmetric and rectangular edifice with dimensions of 34 x 45 meters. Its facade is decorated by an entrance of four Corinthian style columns and a pediment. Above the chamber there is a rectangular elevated frame which also ends to a pedimental crowning. The hall is horseshoe shaped of an Italian style, with a parterre, galleries and circles on four levels and with a total capacity of 1.300 seats. The stage's dimensions are 20 x 14 meters, with the provision of a pre-stage booth and an orchestra balcony. The stage tower is 18 meters high and the off-the-scene stage is 9 meters wide. The theater's foyer is two stories high and embraces semi-circular hall.
The architectural study was conducted by the architect Ioannis Lazarimos in 1881-1883, the construction started in 1884 and finished in 1885. Many eminent Greek and foreign theater companies presented their lyric and dramatic repertoires in the theater which also hosted a great number of dance groups, music and chorus ensembles, etc. Originally, the foyer was used as a dance hall for charity organizations and later it was developed to a hall for exhibitions and lectures.
The earthquakes of 1981 caused damages to the building, so works for the support of the roof were conducted. Currently, a study for the complete static restoration of the building and the functional reconstruction of the stage is under way by a private company. The imprinting designs were drawn by the Ministry of Culture's mechanics.
Now, the Municipal Theater hosts a great variety of cultural events (theater, dance, music, lectures, etc.). The building also houses the History Archives of the City of Pireus, the P. Aravantinos Museum of Stage Designing and shops around the perimeter of the ground floor. In November 1980, the Ministry of Culture identified it as a "work of art."