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Two centuries after the inauguration in 1808, in the spring of 2009 the Theatre Sociale has been reopened to the public with a rich program of shows and the intervention of great artists. An immense restoration activity has been carried out possible the recovery of this authentic jewel designed by the architect Leopoldo Pollack, student of Piermarini, also famous for construction of the Arco della pace in Milan and of Royal Villa in Monza.
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In the past Pollack, with a initiative of some nobles established in company, used an area occupied by part of the Palace of the Venetian Podestà was destroyed by a fire. The new social theatre, capable of hosting around 1300 seats, with 88 boxes arranged in three rows and a gallery was elegantly decorated by local artists such as Bonomini and Querena. in particular the season of the Social Theatre had an interesting outcome for a few decades then, it entered into competition with the Riccardi theater the current Donizetti, favored by its location on the piano, went into decline.
However, the Social Theater came also used for opera performances to 1929. Following collapses resulting in limited hopes of recovery In the after the Second World War the Social Theater came permanently closed. Currently thanks to the excellent restoration it has been possible recover the original theatrical function in Bergamo Alta.
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