The “Elpis” Theater

The building of the “Elpis” Theater was put into use on December 20, 1898, being built following the project of a French architect, L. Piver, aided by the Greek-born entrepreneur I. Vlahopoulos.

At the time of its construction, it was the only celebratory hall in Constanta, being described as very beautiful, containing parquet floors, large mirrors, which covered the side walls and U-shaped balconies. In this venue were held various shows and concerts by local artists, but also by bands from outside.  It was in this place that the great composer George Enescu has performed a few times. Another important guest that visited the Theater was the great historian Nicolae Iorga. This is where the first film screenings were organized in Constanta and this  hall hosted the first shows of the Constanta State Theater in the 1950s.

The Puppet Theater was established in the spring of 1956, by a decision of the People’s Council of the Dobrogea region, as a part of the State Theater in Constanta.  Shortly after its establishment, the Puppet Theater ( a section of the Dramatic Theater ) received its own building, which was one of the oldest theater halls in Constanţa ; the same place where the  “Elpis” Theater has functioned ever since.

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