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theater , Click to Enlarge How old the love of Corfiot people for theatre is, we cannot easily prove . If you go to villages in the countryside, like Kato Garounas, and you happen to watch popular theater, performed not by actors, but by everyday villagers, you will no doubt wonder if this is due to the effect of the Venetian rule only, or if it portrays memories of older periods in the history of the island.

Corfu theater San Giacomo 1720-1902, Click to Enlarge It is known that the first theatre building in the contemporary history of the island was the San Giacomo Theatre, which was created in 1720 and during the first years of its existence it would only host dramas and comedies. This leads us to the result that something must have pre-existed.

Since 1733 the theater started to present to its audience operas , a type of art which fitted perfectly the temperament of the Corfiot people.

Corfu theater 1902-1943, Click to EnlargeIn 1902 the new lyric theater of Corfu was inaugurated, with a capacity of 1000 places and impeccable acoustics , one of the finest theatres in Europe . Unfortunately, the Municipal Theatre was destroyed by the Nazi bombardments of 1943 . In 1980 the modern Municipal Theater was constructed.

Today, Corfu has several outdoor and indoor theatres, which host important performances .

San Giacomo
Corfu theater San Giacomo 1720-1902, Click to Enlarge
Theater Rena Vlachopulu
Theater Orfeas
Theater Phoenix
Corfu theater  Phoenix, Click to Enlarge

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