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View of the entrance hall towards Nación street View from the boxes Foyer of the Municipal Theater "Rafael de Aguiar"


View of the entrance hall and access
to the bar from the hall


View of curtain, roof and boxes General view of scenario, parquet and boxes

General view of scenario, parquet and boxes
General view of scenario, parquet and boxes Entrance hall. Stairs to foyer and
entrance to the theater


Side view from Nación street View of scenario from the parquet


View of the roof of the theater
Municipal Auditorium, located in
the subsoil of the theater


View of scenario and curtains Corner of Nación and Maipú
Art gallery, located in the lateral of the theater Entrance hall. Stairs to foyer and
entrance to the theater


Municipal Auditorium, located in
the subsoil of the theater
Municipal Auditorium, located in
the subsoil of the theater


View of scenario and curtains View from the boxes
Foreground of the boxes View of the paintings of the roof


Corner of Nación and Maipú
Corner of Nación, view of billboards
and Theater Snack Bar


View from the scenario


View from the scenario
Interior of the Theater Snack Bar. It has the particularity of being part of the Municipal
Theater "Rafael de Aguiar". It is located right
on the corner of the building
View of the scenario, dressing rooms, parquet and
boxes of the Municipal Theater "Rafael de Aguiar"





Interior of the Theater Snack Bar. It has the particularity of being part of the Municipal
Theater "Rafael de Aguiar". It is located right
on the corner of the building


  The Municipal Theater "Raphael of Aguiar" it was inaugurated on August 10, 1908, with a big show in charge of the Italian Lyrical Company, directed by A. Bernabei, the one that took to scene the opera "Manon Lescaut", of Giacomo Puccini. Agostinelli acted as soprano, and Toscani acted as tenor. The orchestra was conducted by the master Gaetano Bavagnoli.
  The Municipal Theater is a replica of the Theater Columbus from Buenos Aires, in smaller scale. Is, without place to doubt, one of the most important architectural achievements in the country.
  The construction was for initiative of the intendant Serafín Carlos Morteo, and the Deliberative Council dictated an ordinance with date August 11, 1905, in execution of which the pertinent works began.
  For their financing he subscribed in public loan, which was covered almost entirely by the neighborhood, completing the Municipality with own resources to cover the cost.
  The fundamental stone was placed on April 26, 1906 and December 31, of the same year, it was roofed and it revoked the building.
  The projects were assigned to the engineer Juan B. Aramburu. The decoration was made by a qualified Italian painter, Raphael Barone. As long as Domingo Nevani and Enrique Gabrielli was the builders. The Municipal Theater occupies 1375 square meters in the corner of Nation and Maipú.
  The chairs, tables, mirrors and armchairs were imported to order, to the mark of European manufacturing most prestigious of then: Thonet of Vienna, Austria.
  The mouth curtain and the dome were painted by the Italian artist Rafael Barone. The stairways of the hall of access to gathering and "cazuela" are made of marble of Carrara. The curtain was made with the same cloth of the Theater Columbus from Buenos Aires, and it was brought of Naples, where it was painted to the tempera, by the scenographer Mateo Cassella.
  The room has capacity for 1250 people (now that capacity, for questions of security, has been reduced to approximately 800 people). The inauguration act were worked by the notary Raúl Robledo and signed by the already Municipal Intendant; notary Adolfo Bruyant, and the neighbors Macedonio Canedo, Alberto Insaurraga, C. Segovia, Crisanto M. Servini, Ignacio Aristarán, José Canessa, Arístides Basaldúa, Federico Gard, Víctor Grossi, A. Pujals, Manuel García Reynoso, León Bossús, Maximiano Vázquez, Miguel Maiztegui, Manuel Sáenz, Juan B. Arámburu, Manuel García Alberdi, Joaquín Maldonado, Dámaso Gómez, Serafín C. Morteo, Luis N. Varela, Pascual Subiza, Isidoro Echeverría, Juan Ezpeleta, Ángel M. Méndez, Fernando J. Iturburu, Heraclio Ferreyra, Alfredo de Uriburu, Juan Bicetti, René Hardy, H. Sommariva, Octavio González Roura and others.
  The President of the First Directory of the Municipal Theater Raphael of Aguiar, was the notary Ricardo D. Moyano (1937-1943).
  For their scenario the most outstanding figures of art and the national culture have paraded, as well as foreign artists of world fame, and an infinite quantity of realizations: operas, sketches, classic tragedies, rock recitals, shows tangueros, operettas, conferences, benefit to schools, institutions and international ballets.
  In some opportunities, the seats are raised up to the scenario. That was made with hydraulic cats. With the seats without armchairs and together to the scenario, were carried out dances, kermeses or banquets.
  By ordinance of July 18, 1958, being intendant the Dr. Miguel M. Bent, was imposed the name of "Rafael of Aguiar" in homage to the organizer - founder of the city, with reason of being had compliment the 50º anniversary of the inauguration. In the hall there is a bronze plaque placed to such an end.
  From ends of 1977 and until April of 1978, during the municipal administration of Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Engineer Fernando Huergo, was carried out the general restoration of the building and the room, being inaugurated those works with a gala function, on April 8, 1978.
  In 1998 they were carried out the last restorations in bathrooms, roofs and wooden carpentries with the collaboration of the company Siderar S.A.



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