A Bratislava theatre's new look returns to its past

Theatre Aréna should become one of the most modern playhouses in Slovakia, Bratislava Region said.

Theatre Aréna is one of the oldest playhouses in Bratislava.Theatre Aréna is one of the oldest playhouses in Bratislava. (Source: Bratislava Region)

The appearance of Theatre Aréna, one of several playhouses in Bratislava, should return to the pre-1939 period next year.

The Bratislava Region decided to have the national cultural monument standing on the Petržalka side of the River Danube completely reconstructed for €7 million.

SkryťRemove ad
Article continues after video advertisement
SkryťRemove ad
Article continues after video advertisement

“Our aim is not only to reconstruct the extraordinary building but also to establish one of the most advanced theatres in Slovakia,” said Bratislava Region Head Juraj Droba. The theatre should reopen in late 2023.

The last time the theatre went through some kind of reconstruction was in the early nineties.

Water tower as a new venue

Earthworks and demolition work have already been carried out.

In the summer, the roof of the playhouse will undergo reconstruction. A new tower will be built and attached to the roof. Restoration work is planned for the end of the summer.

Work on the interior of the theatre will then begin in the second half of 2022. The final stage of reconstruction will concern stage technologies when lightning, sound and projection technology should also be installed in Theatre Aréna.

Read also: The Danube embankment in Petržalka will change its look Read more 

A water tower, which stands on the grounds of the theatre, is in line to be repaired as well. It should serve as a space for cultural events in the future.

A café should also open on the premises of this Bratislava cultural space once the renovation project is complete.

SkryťRemove ad

A Slovak mime’s renewal effort

The story of the theatre dates to 1828 when an arena theatre opened on the bank of the Danube. Seventy years later, this open-air theatre was transformed into a roofed building. That look of the theatre was preserved until 1939.

When the Second World War ended, in 1945, the building was closed to the public for almost half a century. It served as a television warehouse.

The Slovak mime Milan Sládek founded a foundation in 1994 to breathe life into Theatre Aréna. The playhouse hosted its first theatrical performance a year later.

Since then, the theatre has hosted more than 3,500 events.

Top stories

News digest: Volvo will build its third plant in Slovakia, which will produce e-cars

Levoča hosts the biggest pilgrimage in Slovakia, transactions in Slovak shops are rounded and two hospitals - one in Bratislava and the second in Martin, will be constructed from the Recovery Plan.


17 h
Slovak PM Eduard Heger and Javier Varela chief operating officer at Volvo Cars, left, after signing the agreement on construction of the plant in the industrial park Valaliky near Košice.

Volvo is coming, Slovakia to end up with fifth carmaker

The plant will produce electric cars near Košice.


22 h

New cure for potentially deadly canine disease comes from Slovakia

Cure stops the disease from recurring, scientists say.


29. jun
Jeremy Hill and Annel Bautista explore the topic of reinvention through the story of one Mexican entrepreneur in the latest episode of the Na Slovensku Aj Po Anglicky podcast.

Viva Eslovaquia!

Chef Brian Navarro brings the heat to Bratislava with his new Mexican restaurant, Mezcalli.


28. jun
SkryťClose ad