The music theatre that became a bookstore

The music theatre that became a bookstore


norman lebrecht

September 25, 2016

This is  El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Buenos Aires.

It used to be a tango theatre.

It’s still a house of dreams.

Click here for glorious images.



  • Theodore McGuiver says:

    Fabulous. Amazing. I could go on.

  • JOHN NEMARIC says:

    I was in Buenos Aires on vacation sometimes during 2006 and visited this place many times even for no reason at all. Their shelfs were truly amazing with all the great music on CD you could possible imagine. Bought many CDs and DVDs there which I still have. The people running the place were no less amazing as far as knowledge went. Very easy to spend hours browsing around and no sales rep would ever bother you. One very interesting things is that the former stage had been converted to a cafe. Their many types of kofy and expresso was marvelous and their croissants…well, what can I tell you. I don’t miss Bs.As. and their criminals infested streets but I do miss this place. This is my very humble opinion.