Lille Opera House, a neoclassical building built early last century by the architect Cordonier, burnt down ten years before in a large fire, and there was a competition to design the new theater. But just as it was about to open, the first world war started, and the Germans occupied the theater. During the four years of occupation, there were 100 shows, but the first French work was in 1923. They say that was the official opening. The theater is in the plaza of the same name, a lovely square, next to the old stock exchange. Now the theater is like new, refurbished in time for Lille to be European Capital of Culture in 2004. It closely resembles the Opera Garnier in Paris, since at this time the two cities competed much for public buildings and the arts.
Opened in October 1923 after it was ravaged by fire, Sebastopol theatre now hosts variety shows and theatre spectacles. When I was a child I was very lucky to be able to attend several operettas. My grandmother introduced me to this place, which is still, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful places in Lille. It is open Tuesday to Friday from 12:30pm to 6.30pm and Saturdays from 11am to 5pm.
Located in the Place Charles de Gaulle, the Grand Place de Lille, the North Theatre is a historic building built in 1717. It was built by Philippe d'Orléans, a few years after the death of King Louis XIV. In memory of the Sun King, you can see a sun carved into the stone facade. Previously, it was a symbol of royal power, as it was here that the kings guard used to stay. Over time, it eventually became a covered market. Now it is a national theater, divided into two parts, the old part, and a more modern building, Roger Salengro room, built two and a half centuries later. This part, which was built by the architect Guillaumot in 1989, replaces the covered market of 1826, which was no longer a market, but a covered walkway where people gathered to talk politics, or for sports, dances ... The large hall has 450 seats, which sounds like very few but it allows for a good view of the stage to the world. The theater offers student discounts.
Undoubtedly one of the most emblematic buildings of the city along with the city. Construction began in 1903 and was inaugurated in 1905 by the President of the French Republic M. Loubet, with a special concert with 205 musicians to celebrate. The building is impressive neoclassical style recreating. The main façade (the access) represents four major arts: poetry, comedy, dance and music, emphasizing the work of this type of building. As it's next to City Hall it shows the prosperity of this city in early twentieth century due to constant trade between France and England. Both buildings mark the center of the city and show the union of Calais with St. Pierre, a village absorbed by the city's development. It's the most important theater in Northern France and can accommodate nearly 1400 people across four different galleries.