|Teatro Italia in Venice|
"How long how this been open?" I asked the fellow at the door.
"An hour and a half," he grinned. "Go on inside and have a look."
|Teatro Italia interior - now Despars supermarket|
Back then, motion pictures were toddling to their feet; both the Italian film industry and Hollywood were still in their infancy, and Europe was smack in the middle of its first World War. The films were silent; talkies would not arrive until the late 1920s. We can only imagine what excitement the opening of such a superb venue caused in the hearts of the Venetians in 1916.
Needless to say, turning such a structure into a supermarket did not go down without a fight.
|The Bread Section at Teatro Italia|
|Balcony at Teatro Italia|
But if it has to be a supermarket, I think they should give the residents of Venice a discount. Since there are about 25 million tourists and about 53 thousand residents, I think the goodwill it would generate might help offset the shock of the transformation.
A spoonful of sugar would help the medicine go down.
Ciao from Venezia,
Venetian Cat - The Venice Blog