Friday, April 28, 2006

Ateneo Grand Splendid. Opened as a theater in 1919, it soon made the switch to become one of primier movie theaters in Buenos Aires. Now it is the largest bookstore in South America, which includes an ample choice of English and French books. And on the old stage is a nice cafe where you can sit and have something to drink or eat. The different sections of books are located where the audience used to sit as well as on the beautiful balconies of the old theatre. For those who will come to visit Buenos Aires one day :)) here's the address: Av. Santa Fe between Av. Callao and Riobamba.

11 Comments:

Blogger Grant F said...

great building. glad it's been kept and turned into something useful. The galleries must be great for people-watching.

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4/28/2006 02:30:00 AM

 
Blogger Nicola said...

Cool that they were able to use this bulding for the bookstore. I've been to a bookstore in an old theater in Sevilla once. It's a great atmosphere!

4/28/2006 03:23:00 AM

 
Blogger Toulouse Photo Day said...

Yes, it id a good idea to do a bookstore in an old theater for the atmosphere..nice shot.
stéphan

4/28/2006 04:35:00 AM

 
Blogger Lisi said...

this is one big beautiful bookstore...one of the most beautiful I have seen...

4/28/2006 06:36:00 AM

 
Blogger Maya said...

Wow, it must be one of the most beautiful bookstore around too :-) do people get lost there? ;-)

4/28/2006 12:00:00 PM

 
Blogger Rob said...

Looks like a nice place. I like the galleries

4/28/2006 01:17:00 PM

 
Blogger Mark said...

I agree with Lisi, the most beautiful bookstore I have seen anywhere. I love to spend hours looking for books.

4/28/2006 01:34:00 PM

 
Blogger Juan Buhler said...

Thanks for posting that picture!

I used to live a few blocks from there (Santa Fe y Uriburu) and that was one of the movie theaters I would go to almost every week. It was still a cinema when I left in 1996.

It's nice as a bookstore now, but part of me feels sad it's not a cinema any more. At least they didn't make it into a church!

4/28/2006 06:50:00 PM

 
Blogger Karine said...

Thanks you all for your comments!

Juan Buhler --Interesting comments. Were you on vacations in Buenos Aires at that time ?

4/29/2006 09:53:00 AM

 
Blogger Eric said...

Which means this must be your 100th post! I'll be the first to congratulate you (even if in retrospect!).

4/30/2006 01:42:00 PM

 
Blogger Mike & Liz said...

Beautiful picture. I love your town.

4/30/2006 03:30:00 PM

 

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