Monday, August 27, 2007
This Ain't no Barnes and Noble
El Ateneo is one of the most wonderful bookstores in the world. It is housed in a famous Buenos Aires theater that was built around 1919. The theater was known as the place to see the famous Tango artists of the day. Later, the theater was converted into the first movie house with sound in Buenos Aires.
Look close at the stage. It is now the cafe. It is a wonderful place to hang out, especially on a cold and rainy day like today.
Check out the wonderful detail on the ceiling that was painted by Orlandi. The ceiling murals are said to celebrate the end of Wold War I.