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Teatro Gran Rex

The Gran Rex
The stage

The Teatro Gran Rex is an Art Deco style theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina which opened on July 8, 1937, as the largest cinema in South America.

Located near the centre of the city at 857 Corrientes Avenue, it was designed by the architect Alberto Prebisch, who was also in charge of the construction of the Obelisk, one of the main icons of the city.

The design of the interior was influenced by that of Radio City Music Hall in New York and construction of the theatre was completed in just seven months in association with the engineer Adolfo Moret. The opening caused a sensation and the Argentine intellectual Victoria Ocampo praised the theatre as an outstanding example of modern architecture from the pages of her influential literary journal, Sur.

Today, the theatre has 3,300 seats and, together with the Teatro Opera on the opposite side of the street, is one of the city's most important venues for the staging of international shows.

Chiquititas was the highest-grossing event in the history of the theater (Casi ángeles was the second). Based on the children-oriented soap of the same name and with the complete cast of the show, six seasons of live musicals were performed at the Gran Rex from 1996 to 2001 during the Winter Holidays. Over 1 million tickets were sold, with the 1998 season being the highest-selling season ever (and the highest attendance ever at the Gran Rex to this day): 240,000 tickets sold.

Principal Concerts

Artist
Cocteau Twins Loreena McKennitt Paco de Lucía
Jethro Tull Ron Carter Tony Bennett
Lou Reed Living Colour Foreigner
Bob Dylan Belinda Carlisle Matisyahu
The Alan Parsons Project Herbie Hancock Kenny Rogers
Def Leppard The Magic Numbers Peter Cetera
Emerson, Lake & Palmer Devendra Banhart Charles Aznavour
Lisa Stansfield Hugh Laurie Cat Power
David Byrne Peter Frampton Jack Bruce
Steve Winwood Maceo Parker Morten Harket
Joe Satriani Jason Mraz Chris Cornell
Steve Vai Regina Spektor Cyndi Lauper
Dio Corinne Bailey Rae Air Supply
Fish Jools Holland The Carl Palmer Band
Ian Anderson Roger Hodgson Ornette Coleman
The Beach Boys KT Tunstall Peter Murphy
Laura Pausini Nouvelle Vague Björk
Rick Wakeman Dolores O’Riordan Medeski Martin and Wood
Echo & The Bunnymen Alice Cooper Laurie Anderson
Gloria Gaynor The Rapture Muse
Coldplay Interpol Toto
ASIA Liza Minnelli Caetano Veloso
Rick Astley Kenny G Toquinho
Marillion KC and the Sunshine Band Damon Albarn

References

  • Ernesto Katzenstein. Argentine Architecture of the Thirties, J. Decorative & Propaganda Arts, Argentine Theme Issue, 1992.
  • Mimi Bohm. 'Buenos Aires Art Deco y Racionalismo. Ediciones Xavier Verstraeten, Buenos Aires, 2008.
  • (Spanish)Arquitectura: Raúl Prebisch

External links

  • Official website
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