Rivoli Municipal Theatre
The Rivoli Municipal Theatre was designed by the architect Júlio de Brito. It opened in 1913 as the National Theatre, and was refurbished over the next decade. In 1923, it was given to the city and began offering a programming of cinema, opera, dance, theater, and concerts. It went through a period of decline starting in the 1970s until the city of Porto decided to purchase the property and return it to the city’s residents.
It was closed for renovation between 1992 and 1997 and reopened with more than 11,000 square meters, a secondary auditorium, a café-concert, a rehearsal room, a small foyer for artists and spaces for administrative and technical services. The municipality is currently trying to bring a new dynamic to the lineup of this iconic theater in order to promote the cultural production in the city and to attract more public to this important part of downtown Porto.