Concealed in Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires is a lovely bookshop called El Ateneo Grand Splendid. It is built within the very nearly 100-year-old Grand Splendid Theater, which opened in 1919.
The theater was later changed over into a silver screen and inevitably, in 2000, it was changed over into the El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookshop, which as of now invites more than one million visitors every year.
The world might be moving on to reading apps, Kindles, and books delivered to your doorstep, but there’s nothing more attractive to a true book-lover than a library or bookstore full of books. If that’s the case, then the El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore in Buenos Aires is a bookworm’s heaven!
The shocking building was initially planned by engineers Peró and Torres Armengol, then later converted from a cinema into a bookshop by architect Fernando Manzone, who retained numerous parts of the theater, including the stage, the galleries, the inconceivable structural points of interest and even the red drapes.
In 2008 El Ateneo Grand Splendid was named the second most excellent bookshop on the planet by The Guardian, and that’s no surprise considering it’s elaborate décor and classic 1920’s theater feel.