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Russian Theater


Odessa Russian Drama Theater was founded in 1874 when it was built by merchant A.Velikanov instead of a bread depot. It was built in a hurry as the town theater had burned down, and the new Opera House had to be built yet. Initially, the theater was called after the owner — Velikanov Theater. In 1875 F.Rafalovich bought the theater and gave it the present name.

World stars performed on its stage at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th one such as Sarah Bernhardt, Eleonora Duse, Vladimir Davydov, Maria Zankovetskaya, Panas Saxaganskiy, Mark Kropivnitskiy and others.

Soviet period. The outsides are a little different.

In 1910 the building was turned into a roller skating rink. It was a new craze in town. That is what it looked like:

However, it only lasted a year this way.

The building had been overhauled by 2007.

The new theater looks nice, but according to some theater-goers, the performance is not great. However, it is best to see for yourself.

The adjacent building is also a theater — for kids and youth.


Street Address

48 Grecheskaya Street, 65026 Odessa, Ukraine.

Geographical Positions

E30°44'3.1" N46°28'59.2" (E30.734194° N46.483111°).


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