Numerous fascinating stories as well as splendid interior spaces are concealed behind quiet walls of the 20th century theatre. A glass dome and a winter garden are only a few places that welcomes the visitor to discover and appreciate the historical architectural heritage.The building has gone through a number of reconstructions along with changing function of the building which marks important dates and events that were happening in Vilnius.
The four storey building built in 1900 for a merchant I.Smazenevicius was one of the biggest buildings in Vilnius at the time. The building’s function has changed numerious times: in 1909 ‘Le Grand’ theatre has been active in the building, later there was a hotel ‘Bristol’ which successfully competed with other hotels in Vilnius. After World War II the building became a part of Radiofonas managed by Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic, later a choir of seven women welcomes clients to one of the three ‘stralis’ in Vilnius. During Soviet occupation the building is occupied by the famous Vilnius Central Gastronomie with its amazingly modern interior.
Don’t miss an oportunity to learn about the theatre life from within!