11 The Bolshoi Theater Opening

The Bolshoi Theater Opening

Posted on October 24, 2011 by

After a six-year restoration, they are opening the Bolshoi Theater.

This is a foyer. Now the parts of the complex are connected by underground and above-ground passages.

A great view of Theater Square.

One of the fifty new make-up rooms.

Seventeen elevators appeared after the restoration. This is a control board of one of them. In fact, there are two more floors underground with different mechanisms.

Venetian mosaic restored by two fragments found.

The auditorium seats 1768 spectators. Before the restoration it had seated 2100.

At first they used candles for lighting up the Bolshoi Theater. In 1863 they began to use gas-filled chandeliers and thirty years later electric ones. They even built a separate power station nearby which was to supply the theater with electricity.

They have restored old canvases picturing muses.

A buffet. It is located on the fourth floor now.

Some of the bricks of this wall belong to the 18th century because when the theater was being restored in 1825, they used brickes left after Napoleon’s invasion.


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11 Responses to “The Bolshoi Theater Opening”

  1. geoff says:


    Sitting on the furniture is prohibited!……..unless….?

    • Hola! says:

      Unless nobody watches…. ;)
      I think the furniture is just a part of original decor, it was hard enough to restore the historical furniture to subject it wear and tear.

  2. hezekiah says:

    Russians, the inventors of Bling!

  3. Matlok says:

    Impressive!! Someday I would like to go there!

  4. Hirsh says:

    Opulence, I has it!

  5. Tovarich Volk says:

    It’s kind of sad to see that they’ve spent a lot of money restoring what is truly a beautiful theater only to put what appears to be a ProTools Audio Mix system at the Front Of House mix position in the main room. –They could have done better at this….a LOT better.

  6. Chico says:

    Very nice. When’s Rammstein playing ?

  7. The Stegosaur says:

    The restoration work and the original, ridiculous amount of bling are both damn impressive.

  8. Steamed McQueen says:

    Lovely work, but why the reduction in capacity?

    Gold gilding isn’t really to my taste, but at least it never tarnishes that way it never needs to be polished.

    Six years to do the work? Probably could have done it in three if not for corruption and graft. But hey, that’s life in Russia!

    Damn I miss the place!

  9. Tangowolf says:

    This is simply beautiful. I really hope I get to travel to Russia and see this.

  10. second but last foto the sign says ENTRANCE, not EXIT:] beautiful fotos!

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