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Historic Municipal Theatre Grein

alias Greiner Stadttheater
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Important events

(detail)1563 | Construction of the city hall and granary

(detail)1791 | opening

(detail)1790 | Plan for conversion of the granary into the theatre

(detail)1875 | Building of second box (removed at 1947)

(detail)1928 | New curtain with picture of Grein

(detail)1947 | Renovation of the theatre

(detail)1956 | Termination of Grein amateur theatre group, the main user of theatre

(detail)1964 | Actress Hilde Günther found the Grein Summer Festival

(detail)1977 | Renovation of theatre

(detail)1991 | Re-establishing ot the amateur theatre troupe

(detail)1993 | General reconstruction and restoration

History

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The Municipal Theatre in Grein on banks of the river Danube is the oldest preserved bourgeois theatre in Austria. Enthusiastic amateur players installed it in the city’s corn house in 1791 for their own productions and for touring professional troupes. Access is through the adjoining old town hall (built around 1563), today a museum, complete with the historic jail from which the convicts had a good view of the action on the stage. The theatre has also preserved the original seating in the stalls area where each seat could be locked by the subscribers to prevent other people using it. In summer time, plays are being performed by professionals during the “Grein Summer Festival” (Sommerspiele Grein), whereas the amateur actors show their productions in November. Also worth seeing are the historic city centre, the Gothic parish church and Grein Castle.

 

Historisches Stadttheater ∙ Stadtplatz 7 ∙ 4360 Grein ∙ Austria

Theatre management: Tel.: +43 (0) 7268 7730 ∙ www.stadttheater-grein.at
Info & tickets: Grein Tourist Information ∙ Tel.: +43 (0) 7268 7055 ∙ E-Mail: info.grein@oberösterreich.at 

Visits: Mon-Sat 9–12 and 14–18, Sun 14–16 (May–Oct) ∙ guided tours every day, group tours on appointment

 

 

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