Theatres and Cinemas

A theatrical life occupies a special place in Odessa city culture. Odessa counted off its first decade, when the construction of the theater began. The idea of the construction belonged to Duke de Richelieu who was assigned as the Governor-General of the Novorossiysk Territory. The author of the architectural theater project the famous French architect Jean Francois Tomas de Thomon. Shortly after its opening in 1810, an Italian opera troupe appeared here. A.S. Pushkin has often visited Odessa City Theater during his residence in Odessa in 1823-1824.