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El Ateneo El Ateneo Grand Splendid is one of the best known bookshops in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Contents 1 Overview 2 Interior 3 References 4 External links Overview 1860 Santa Fe Avenue Situated at 1860 Santa Fe Avenue in Barrio Norte, the building was designed by the architects Peró and Torres Armengol for the empresario Max Glucksman (1875-1946), and opened as a theatre named Teatro Gran Splendid in May 1919. The ecleticist building features ceiling frescoespainted by the Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi, and caryatids sculpted by Troiano Troiani (whose work also graces the cornice along the Buenos Aires City Legislature. The theatre had a seating capacity of 1,050, and staged a variety of performances, including appearances by the tango artists Carlos Gardel, Francisco Canaro, Roberto Firpo and Ignacio Corsini. Glücksman started his own radio station in 1924 (Radio Splendid), which broadcast from the building where his recording company, Nacional Odeón, made some of the early recordings of the great tango singers of the day. In the late twenties the theatre was converted into a cinema, and in 1929 showed the first sound films presented in Argentina. The ornate former theatre was leased by Grupo Ilhsa in February 2000. Ilhsa, through Tematika, owns El Ateneo and Yenny booksellers (totaling over 40 stores), as well as the El Ateneo publishing house. The building was subsequently renovated and converted into a book and music shop under the direction of the architect Fernando Manzone; the cinema seating was removed and in its place book shelves were installed. Following refurbishment works, the 2,000 m² (21,000 ft²) El Ateneo Grand Splendid became the group's flagship store, and in 2007 sold over 700,000 books; over a million people walk through its doors annually. Chairs are provided throughout the building, including the still-intact theatre boxes, where customers can dip into books before purchase, and there is now a café on the back of what was once the stage. The ceiling, the ornate carvings, the crimson stage curtains, the auditorium lighting and many architectural details remain. Despite the changes, the building still retains the feeling of the grand theatre it once was. The Guardian, a prominent British periodical, named El Ateneo second in its 2008 list of the World's Ten Best Bookshops. Interior View of the main floor View of the boxes, which serve as reading areas References "El Ateneo in Buenos Aires - A bookstore to end all bookstores" "Um palco para livros" - ArcoWeb (Portuguese) La Nación: El Ateneo Grand Splendid, una joya entre las librerías del mundo (Spanish) The Guardian: Top Shelves External links Tematika.com (Spanish) Coordinates: 34°35′46″S 58°23′39″W / 34.59611°S 58.39417°W / -34.59611; -58.39417 v · d · eLandmarks of Buenos Aires Note: "Buenos Aires" denotes the city of Buenos Aires proper, not the entire Greater Buenos Aires metropolitan area. 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