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Teatro Verdi (1840-99)

The theatre, which was designed by Luigi Poletti and known as Nuovo Teatro, opened in 1849.  It was extended and restored in 1908, after which it  re-opened as "Teatro Verdi" in honour of Giuseppe Verdi (who had died in 1901). 

Only the facade survived the bombardment of the Second World War.  The interior was rebuilt by Fernando Lucioli in 1949, when he bought a 50 year lease on the property.

The current programme is published on the page Cartellone e informazioni Teatro Verdi di Terni.

Politeama Lucioli (1816, demolished in 1971)

Paolo Gazzoli acquired the site in 1816, when the hospice of the Confraternita di San Nicandro, which had moved here in 1739, moved again to a site outside the city after a typhoid epidemic.  He demolished the hospice and built an open-air, circular amphitheatre that was used for theatrical performances and other spectacles. 

In 1880, Virgilio Alterocca bought the amphitheatre and built a roof so that it could be used in all weathers.  Fernando Lucioli, for whom it is now named, adapted it as a cinema in 1969 but it was demolished in 1971.

The present cinema complex was subsequently built on the site.  Details of current films are given on the website Cityplex Politeama Lucioli.

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Return to the Walk I (Politeama Lucioli) or Walk II (Teatro Verdi).