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Le Théâtre

Not rated ,  Historic site and monument ,  Classical in Calais

  • Construction of the theatre began in April 1903, the first stone having been laid by Emile Loubet, President of the Republic. Inaugurated in 1905 at the crossroads of the main axes of the city, it is in Baroque style. The facade is in the Louis XIV style, it is decorated on the first floor with four groups of double columns between which stand four 2.50 m high statues representing the four lyrical arts: poetry on the left, comedy in the centre and dance and music on the right. Above these...
    Construction of the theatre began in April 1903, the first stone having been laid by Emile Loubet, President of the Republic. Inaugurated in 1905 at the crossroads of the main axes of the city, it is in Baroque style. The facade is in the Louis XIV style, it is decorated on the first floor with four groups of double columns between which stand four 2.50 m high statues representing the four lyrical arts: poetry on the left, comedy in the centre and dance and music on the right. Above these statues are famous busts, including that of De Belloy, author of the drama "The Siege of Calais", who was made an honorary citizen of Calais because of his work. The second floor is decorated with three large oculi framed by eight statues representing the arts.

    The hall, which has excellent acoustics, is built in a horseshoe shape and has more than 900 seats divided into four galleries around a 100 m2 stage. Two groups of columns receive wide arcades that support the dome and the circular ceiling is decorated with allegorical paintings.
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