We are not the makers of history.
We are made by history."
-Martin Luther King, Jr, minister, activist, revolutionary thinker
The entire abandoned theater was opened in 1919, and was converted in to a multi-level, lavishly indulgent bookstore after the new millennium, where private booths serve as quiet reading areas and the dark-stained wooden stage hosts a classy café.
Fresco-adorned and decadently decorated, this splendid structure only further inflamed my passion for bookstores and libraries as some of my most preferred public places. Phenomenal plaster-work on the walls and heavenly, Italianesque murals on the ceiling of El Ateneo add to a softly lit ambiance as theater bulb lights line the white balconies and the polished stage. And above, an honest-to-goodness, plushly perfect red velvet curtain is eternally poised open for the show to go on.
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