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Forest Theatre

The Forest Theatre mainly hosts theatrical plays.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )

    1976 Completed as a permanent structure.

    1997 Reconstructed on the occasion of Thessaloniki as the European Capital of Culture by Suzana and Dimitris Antonakakis and Matina Kalogerakou.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1912)

  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

It is an open air theatre with 3,894 seats and every year hosts many performances and concerts, Greek and international productions, and is a key venue of the Forest Festival. The asymmetrical upper wings of the upper tier were designed so that the theatre adapts to the landscape. The cavea was redesigned for better acoustics, but also for better view of the stage and the city. It also has dressing rooms, rehearsal rooms and a dance theatre space. The rehearsal rooms and the dance theatre space serve as warehouses for the mobile parts of the props.

What I can't see

In 1965, the Hellenic Tourism Organization decided that an open theatre, as a modern cultural infrastructure, was necessary for the city. Thus, it was decided to build it on Cedar Hill (Sheikh Sou). It was originally a prefabricated venue, designed by Patroklos Karantinos, who followed a simplified version of the classical amphitheatre. About a decade later, it was completed as a permanent structure, designed by Nikolaos Moutsopoulos.


Kertemelidou V., (d.u.), Genius loci, τα υπαίθρια θέατρα του ΚΘΒΕ, [Genius loci, the open theatres of STNG], in STNG

Last visit 4/9/2023