Le Théâtre des Célestins

Le Théâtre des Célestins is one of Lyon’s most famous theaters, hosting a range of performances throughout the year.

Culture built on a religious foundation–literally.

Le Théâtre des Célestins is a major theater in Lyon, where visitors can see a variety of plays each season. The 1881 building was originally a Celestine monastery, but in 1972 builders transformed its interior into a classical theater. Today it’s glamorous enough to rival any theater in Europe–rings of red velvet seats rest below a gilded ceiling. Theater lovers and novices alike can appreciate taking in a production in such a sumptuous setting.

A theater of many genres

The theater’s repertoire includes a wide range of plays, from classical to contemporary. As in most theaters, prices for each show differ depending on the location of the seats. However, people 26 and younger do receive discounted tickets.

Hungry visitors to Le Théâtre des Célestins can grab a bite to eat at L’Étourdi, the theater’s bar/restaurant. L’Étourdi serves everything from small plates to whole meals, local wines, and even hot chocolate. Those interested in the literary side of the performances can browse scripts and other related items at the Passages bookstore.

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