This amazing bookshop used to be a theatre

This amazing bookshop used to be a theatre
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The El Ateneo Grand Splendid. What a name.

Over one hundred years ago, the wonderfully-named building was a tango theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina; then it became a cinema.

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In 2000, it was converted into a book shop. And just look at it.

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The interior:

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The painted ceilings:

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The staircase:

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The balconies:

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The lighting:

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The curtains:

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And the best part? You can read the books inside all day.

There's also a cafe where the stage once was, so you can buy a book and curl into a seat with a coffee.

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