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Exarchia Theatre

The beautiful neoclassical building on Themistokleous Street hides an equally beautiful theatrical stage, the Exarchia Theatre.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    The house was constructed around the end of the 19th century or the beginning of the 20th.

    1989 Converted into theatre.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

The old two-storey neoclassical house with a basement, originally the residence of the Gennadiou family, now houses an architecturally special theatrical space. Apart from the colours, the facade of the building has been preserved, while inside the house sweeping changes have been made. The tiled roof in a recess is from a later period, and there is also a newer three-storey addition in the backyard. The entrance and the foyer are located in the former living room. The Exarchia Theatre is considered a case of inventive reuse.

What I can't see

Its conversion into a 113-seat theatre was done by the architect Konstantinos Dekavallas for his daughter, who was the head of the theatre company. The acoustics of the space are satisfactory, largely due to the false ceiling, which has the shape and colour of a tent, reminiscent of the first theatrical spaces. This feeling is also enhanced by the type of seats used.


  • Address: 69 Themistokleous St.
  • Postal Code : 10681
  • Τηλέφωνο: +30 210 3300937


Doumanis O.V., (1991), Διασκευή διατηρητέου σε θέατρο στα Εξάρχεια, [Adaptation of a listed building into theater in Exarchia] in Architecture in Greece, v.28, p.p. 132- 133, NTUA


Technical Chamber of Greece, (2000), Athens, London, Paris, TCG,

Last visit 23/8/2020


Filippidis D., (2006), Αρχιτεκτονικές Μεταμορφώσεις, Ι. μητροπολιτικά κέντρα, [Architectural Transformations, I. metropolitan centres], Melissa


Open House Athens, (2018), Θέατρο Εξαρχείων, [Exarcheia Theatre] OHA