El Ateneo Bookshop, Buenos Aires

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Av Santa Fe 1860, 1123 Buenos Aires +54 11 4813-6052

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    A Gem on Santa Fe Street!

    by spidermiss Updated Mar 18, 2011

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    Ateneo/Yenny is an Argentine book chain and this branch is housed in a former theatre that was built in 1919. A lot of the interior theatre architecture is still intact including the former boxes, stage, fly and curtains. There is a cafe on the former stage and the former auditorium houses the book sections. There is also a junior section and a CD/DVD section. The books are mainly in Spanish but there are small sections that have English books. There are other branches in the city centre although more ordinary.

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    El Ateneo Grand Splendid

    by venteeocho Updated Aug 7, 2008

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    is one of the most well-known bookshops in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Situated at 1860 Santa Fe Avenue in Barrio Norte, the building was designed by the architects Peró and Torres Armengol for the empresario Max Glücksman (1875-1946) and opened as a theatre named Teatro Gran Splendid in May 1919. In the late twenties it became a cinema and in 2000 it was converted into a bookshop.

    The theatre had a seating capacity of 1050 and staged a variety of performances including appearances by the tango artists Carlos Gardel, Francisco Canaro, Roberto Firpo and Ignacio Corsini. In 1924 Glücksman started his own radio station, Radio Splendid, which broadcasted from the building where his recording company, Nacional Odeón, made some of the early recordings of the great tango singers of the day. In the late twenties the theatre was converted into a cinema and in 1929 showed the first films ever presented with sound.

    In 2000, under the direction of the architect Fernando Manzone, the building was renovated and converted into a book and music shop . The cinema seating was removed and in its place book shelves were installed. Chairs are provided throughout the building, including the still-intact theatre boxes, where customers can dip into books before purchase, and there is now a café on the back of what was once the stage. The ceiling, painted by the Italian artist Nazareno Orlandi, the ornate carvings, the crimson stage curtains, the auditorium lighting and many architectural details remain. Despite the changes, the building still retains the feeling of the grand theatre it once was.

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    Unique and fantastic book store

    by VeronicaG Updated Feb 4, 2008

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    El Ateneo is a unique and fantastic bookstore where one can browse for hours. It is located in a former theatre, so you'll see decorative mouldings and gold embellishments throughout.

    Several people suggested we visit this "stand out" establishment. If you are not in a hurry, take time to really explore this place!

    There are several levels containing books and CD's. The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. There is something for every taste at this store and we rated it a stellar example of its kind. El Ateneo just oooooozed character!

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    BUENOS AIRES: LIBRERIA EL ATENEO, AVENIDA SANTA FE

    by swesn Written Nov 10, 2006

    Enjoy a bookshop with a difference.

    The EL ATENEO branch at Av Santa Fe is a converted theatre. The hall is huge and under a gorgeously restored dome-shaped ceiling. You may bring a book to the café to browse. The café is where the stage used to be. You can enjoy your book and coffee there with spot-lights shining on your pallid face.

    Or if the cafe is full (which is not unusual), try and find a box seat (yes, like where Statler and Waldorf, the 2 snickering old men from The Muppet Show, always sit) and browse away.

    It has a fantastic atmosphere.

    The impressive El Ateneo (photo by Pepe & Cris)

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    Bookshop in an ex theatre

    by sabrina_florida Updated Sep 25, 2006

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    Ateneo is one of the most important bookshops in Argentina. This branch is particularly special as it is located in what used to be a theatre, but one of the old types, with a horse-shoe shape and two stories of circles overlooking the main area.
    The stage has been replaced by a nice and quiet bar where a pianist plays at the weekends.

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    El Ateneo Bookstore

    by kiwigal_1 Written Jul 19, 2006

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    El Ateneo Bookstore has many branches you can go to but I would recommend that you go to one on Avenida Santa Fe. It is located in an old theatre and is quite amazing. The store has an excellent selection of books for sale also!
    There is a cute little coffee shop where "the stage" would be located.

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    The best book's store in Buenos Aires!

    by sof76 Updated Sep 13, 2005

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    This place used to be a theater and then a cinema. It is very nice going at least just to see the place! Although books are very cheap in Buenos Aires, and taxes for books are really low!

    Vale la pena ir a conocer esta libreria. En una epoca fue un teatro y luego un cine, aunque no compren nada vale la pena entrar para conocer el lugar. En Buenos Aires los libros son muy baratos y los impuestos a los libros muy bajos.

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    Books & More!

    by aero198 Written Feb 19, 2005

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    This is a giant bookstore (4 floors) located in an old Buenos Aires´s theatre so it gives it a magical atmosphere!
    You can also find here DVDs and audio CDs
    and pricies are just the same as any bookstore.

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    Libreria

    by MeZuGa Written Sep 11, 2004

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    El ateneo, una hermosa tienda de venta de libros, ubicado sobre la Av. Santa fe y Callao, se puede encontrar toda clase de libro y el ambiente es muy calido, cuenta con un bar en el que se puede tomar algo mientras se lee un libro.

    The ateneo, a beautiful book store, situated in Santa Fe Av and Callao, you can find any book you need and it is very cozy, inside you have a bar where you can eat or drink something while you read any book you pick. Used to be an old cinema.

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    If You Like Books, This Is Your Place!

    by Marcos_BA Updated Feb 1, 2004

    El Ateneo is such an institution for Buenos Aires's bookstores. I do not know if Porteños like reading, but I am sure we love having books everywhere in our houses.

    This El Ateneo is very special. They bought the old Grand Splendid cinema and completely refurbished it, mantaining the old structure.

    You can find books in Spanish, English, French and even some in German and other languages. Prices are good. There is also a café. You may also be lucky enough to catch any of our famous writers over there, from Ernesto Sábato to Quino.

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    An incredibly beautiful bookstore

    by wadekorzan Updated Jan 9, 2004

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    The bookstore called "El Ataneo" is an icon in Buenos Aires. The original El Ataneo is located on the pedestrian shopping street called "Florida", but the newer El Ataneo, located on Avenue Santa Fe between the streets Rio Bamba and Callao, is 1 of the most beautiful in the world. The bookstore is houses in the old and restored "Grand Splendid Theatre", and on the old stage is a nice cafe where you can sit and have something to drink or eat. The different sections of books are located where the audience used to sit as well as on the beautiful balconies of the old theatre. You really shouldn't miss coming here, you won't find this tip in any guide books.

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    Libreria El Ateneo Grand Splendid

    by Marcos_Ar Written Sep 13, 2003

    If you like books, this is your place. El Ateneo is one of the most important bookstores in Buenos Aires.

    A few years ago, El Ateneo-Yenny (our Barnes & Nobles) bought the old Grand Splendid cinema, which was destroyed. They rebuild it and became an enourmous bookstore. You can find books of authors from Jorge Lanata and Joaquín Morales Solá (Argentinian politics) to Agata Christie. There are books in Spanish, English, French and you may find some in Italian and Portuguese.
    On this 3-flours bookstore, you'll certainly find what you like.

    There is a very nice coffeeshop inside. Lots of authors go and sign their books to the public everyday. I went lots of times and saw lots of them, like Ernesto Sábato or Joaquín Lavado, more known as Quino.

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    really impresive set up

    by jpizquierdo Written Jul 10, 2006

    This is an extemily interesting place where you can have acoffe and read a book, or simply check Out the library.

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