Grand Theatre
Grand Theatre
4.5
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Thursday
1:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Friday
1:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
1:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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Considered by many to be the cultural heart of the city, this elaborately carved opera house surprises the senses with its fine architecture and interior design as well as its world-class performances.
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Jannette L
11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
I booked tickets to see Cendrillon New years eve show several weeks in advance at a cost of 57 EUR each adult and 29 EUR child, we had a 2h30 car drive each way. Three ladies joined us in our box happy at having paid last minute 8 EUR each....and having a better view than us. I tried during the interval to change seats..very politely, but told it's a full house, fine...but I didn't need the extra humour to bé offered worse seats if I wanted. Our first expérience of ballet, it was supposed to be a treat as not alot happens in our corner of rural France. Tip for thé owners of thé opéra national, if you are going to use the balcony for equipment please don't sell the seats...at least not at full price.
Written January 1, 2020
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,829 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
European theaters favor the neo-classical look as does this one in Bordeaux. Its twelve Corinthian columns, only in front of the building, stand out against the surrounding four storey buildings with shops at street level. Atop each column on the roof line stand 12 muses and goddesses, one for each column, but they are hard to see at street level. That's the extent of the exterior features of this theater with its large footprint on the square. The steps in front of the Grand Theater seem to be a popular place to rest while waiting for your group to appear. Tram B goes past this attraction with a stop a few steps away on Cr de l"Intendance. We passed by this theater on our way to see the Girondin Monument/Fountain about a 5 minute walk away. For us, the theater was just a quick photo stop.
Written December 7, 2022
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson20,615 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
One needs to pick their battles. And not all venues (or fields of battle) are open to a contest. Thus was our experience that limited us to the voyeur level of appreciation. But what a lovely. Those 12 muses adorn the roof line were visual delights.

This is a very impressive performance arena worthy of first-class level performances (IMHO). What a beauty to admire while in Bordeux!
Written January 12, 2023
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CatharineB
Ottawa, Canada1,620 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
After a fire destroyed the city’s main theatre in 1756, the Grand Théâtre was constructed between 1773 and 1780 by architect Victor Louis.

Described as a masterpiece of European architecture, it is located in the beautiful and central Place de la Comédie. Neoclassical in style, it evokes musings of ancient architecture thanks to its Corinthian columns. The Grand Théâtre is fronted by a columned portico, with 12 impressive Corinthian columns adorning its façade. The portico is crowned by 12 stone statue representing goddesses and muses -9 muses and 3 goddess – Minerva, Venus and Juno.

I was surprised to discover that it served as inspiration for designing the Paris opera house as the staircase served as a model for the Opera Garnier in Paris.

Our guide explained that thanks to precise acoustic calculations, the theater auditorium is famous for its excellent acoustics.

It is no coincidence that the French National Assembly moved here when Paris was occupied by the Prussians during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871.

Unfortunately, we could not view the interior, perhaps this will be a reason to return to Bordeaux.

Surprisingly, once we walked around the building, we found it to be domed, however, if you stand far enough back on Allées de Tourny you can snap a great picture of this architectural beauty.

Today the theatre is the seat of the Opéra National de Bordeaux.
Written February 26, 2024
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Wesley C
Tucson, AZ10,295 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Beautiful Classical style building in Bordeaux's city centre. Opened in 1780 with a capacity of 1,100. Fronted by 12 Corinthian columns topped with statues of muses/goddesses. Home of the National Opera of Bordeaux. Its auditorium is renowned for its great acoustics. Its grand main staircase was imitated by Garnier for the Paris Opera. Especially pretty at night.
Written August 30, 2022
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1234texas
Seabrook, TX5,025 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is a large and impressive building that is purported to be even better on the inside. Sadly, we did not get an opportunity to see that portion of the structure--perhaps next time! The setting is really good. The street cars pass right in front of it and the hotel across the street is a beauty. There are shops and eating establishments all over the area.
Written December 25, 2019
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Marion T
Newburyport, MA314 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
This exceptional building, just in front of our hotel, seems to be the heart of this beautiful city. Day and night, its portico and steps are filled with people sitting, talking, dancing and just taking in the scene before them. The exterior recalls the great Roman temples with its impressive colonnade and sculptural display (the 9 Muses and 3 Graces of antiquity). And just inside is breathtaking grand staircase in marble that leads up to the first level theater entries. Filled with natural light from above, it is decorated with monumental sculptures, reliefs and decorative sculpted patterns. Even the handrail of the staircase is carved with acanthus leaves!
We did not have the possibility to enter the theater itself, which has marvelous painted stucco decoration, but peeked into the reception room and visited the library, with its costumes. masks and ballet slippers. The boutique is also a perfect place to find gifts--a beautiful jacquard scarf with designs from the walls, a black evening fan, or a musical jewelry box for a little girl. We loved the whole experience.
Written September 13, 2014
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Gee_Cat
Zuienkerke, Belgium215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Couples
Really very nice, worthwhile an extended visit. If you go to Bordeaux, you MUST MAKE A RESERVATION for a visit in advance by internet or by call (tourist office), or you can't get in ! But it's really nice and interesting to do it...
Written January 6, 2014
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ThreeGenerations_11
Birmingham, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011 • Friends
See if you can book on a Sunday Ballade - only 6 euros each and you get to sit in the theatre and enjoy music for an hour. Definitely a Bordeaux local attraction for all the family. Beautiful building. Pleasant and helpful staff. Cafe attached is a good place to have a drink or meal too.
Written December 12, 2011
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Florida-Traveler-888
Wilton Manors, FL209 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
It's a beautiful building but the tour (offered only in French) is very limited and did not allow access to the theatre proper.
Written October 28, 2018
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