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Teatro Coliseo Podestá(La Plata)

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It is the work of the Uruguayan Carlos Zehndorf, a horseshoe theatre in the Italian style, which was originally called "Teatro Politeama Olimpo", inaugurated on the fourth anniversary of La Plata, on November 19th 1886, with Rossini's opera, "The Barber of Seville" by the tenor Roberto Stagno and Gemma Bellincioni.

The building was acquired in a public auction, a year later, by Juan José "Pepe" Podestá, who turned it into the headquarters of the performances of his pioneer company of the theatre of Rio de la Plata. It was not until 1913 when Pepe Podestá's son, in homage to his father, baptised the theatre as "Coliseo Podestá", a name it still bears today.

Operas were premiered there before in the city of Buenos Aires and important figures such as Remete Lacconi, Margarita Xirgu, Marian Anderson, Arthur Rubinstein, Lola Membrives and others performed there.

The Coliseo Podestá Theatre, located on 10th Street between 46th and 47th, was acquired by the Municipality of La Plata in 1981, declared municipal architectural heritage since 1986 and a monument of provincial interest since 1987. It was restored between 2005 and 2006, during the administration of Julio Alak, and incorporated into the list of National Historic Monuments during the first presidency of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

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