The Teatro Italia, also called the Cinema Italia by local Venetians, is one of the great theatres of old Venezia. The building is typical of Byzantine architecture throughout the city.
The winged lion symbol of San Marco adorns the roof of the theatre. A cast iron bell hangs over the entrance, to remind theatre-goers that a performance is ready to start.
The theatre has hosted a series of great musical and opera productions over the past 500 years, from the legendary performers of old Venezia, to the productions that have graced its stage throughout the centuries. Most of what you can see in the Italia theatre now is original, and not restoration. This theatre has a historical legacy far surpassing many others in the theatrical world.