Teatro Comunale

Teatro Comunale

The Municipal Theater is a theater located in Pietrasanta, in Versilia.

The Municipal Theater is a theater located in Pietrasanta, in Versilia. The first theater layout in Pietrasanta, probably a rectangular hall with a stage, dates back to 1652 and was created on the area occupied by two salt warehouses. In 1779 a group of citizens who formed the Aerostatic Academy decided to demolish the first hall and rebuild a theater more suitable for comedy and carnival performances. The new theatre, with a horseshoe plan with three tiers of boxes, was inaugurated in 1784 and remained in that shape until its renovation in 1937. On that occasion, according to Andrea Bibolotti's project, instead of the three orders of boxes, a gallery structure was built on two levels supported by columns. The activity of the Theater from the second half of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, as far as prose was concerned, favored drama with strong, human and social colours, such as La sepolta viva, La famiglia del fabbro, Le due orphanelle. However, there was also no shortage of works by Goldoni, Alfieri and Shakespeare. Opera and operetta were also widely performed, achieving great success. In 1960, further changes were made: the room became rectangular, a new gallery was built and the ceiling was covered with soundproof panels. In 1991, the renovation, expansion and adaptation works carried out as part of the FIO regional plan for the recovery of historic theaters were completed, based on a project by engineer Ivano Bellandi. With this intervention, in addition to improving the visibility of both the hall and the gallery, creating the systems in accordance with current safety regulations, redoing floors and coverings, and renewing the stage equipment, steps were also taken to create, in an adjacent building , new dressing rooms for artists. In 1991 the theater was reopened to the public with a concert by the Tuscan Regional Orchestra. Home to an important Winter Prose Theater Season, the Cinema-Theatre has been administered by the La Versiliana Foundation since 2010.  

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