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The Odeon Theatre, one of Bucharest?s leading theatre companies, was founded in 1946 as Giulesti Theatre. It moved to its current location, the Sala Majestic, in 1974. It is a repertory theatre with a company of 42 actors. The auditorium has 300 seats.

In the 17th century, the location of the present Odeon Theatre was the estate Dumitrache Ghica. It was a part of the dowry his wife, Maria Vacarescu, had brought him. In 1768 the house of a boyar was built there. In 1813, Ioan Caragea rented the estate to establish his Court there. Next year, he also rented the Slatineanu House (built on the spot of the present Casa Capsa. The Court remained here until 1825.

In 1860, the Ghica Houses were bought by Nicolae Lahovary, who owned them until nationalization in 1948. From 1860 to 1945 different institutions, including The Youth Club, The Mercury Society, The National Party and a brewery, rented the old Ghica House.
On the north side of the estate, a building was built. It became the headquarters of the famous newspaper L?Independance Roumanie

In the ?30s, the Theatre Hall was enlarged.The 1945 bombardments damaged the building, which was renovated afterwards.

In 1974, The Comedy Hall of the National Theatre became The Majestic Hall of The Giulesti Theatre. In 1990, The Majestic Hall became The Odeon Theatre.

In 2002, the theatre was renovated with stone brought from Vlatza quarry, in Bulgaria.

Address: Calea Victoriei nr. 40-42
Phone: %cb0040 21 315 50 53%c*
Website: http://www.teatrul-odeon.ro

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  • Updated Dec 4, 2007
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