The original Olympia Theatre was built in the style of Parisian Eclecticism in 1915 by architect Stavros Christidis. In 1957, the current Olympia Theatre was erected by Panos Tsolakis.
This city landmark has served Greek culture for over a century, from the first open-air variety shows performed on the plot in 1904. A certain Maria Kalogeropoulou made her operatic debut to rave reviews at the first Olympia theatre on April 22, 1944. She was later known as Maria Callas. The legacy of the great Greek soprano is commemorated in a new name for this historic venue. Today, it hosts a rich agenda of opera, concerts and children’s theatre from Athenian and international artists with affordable tickets, as well as one free concert per month.
A collection of private belongings of Maria Callas is exhibited at the theatre’s foyer, at the Maria Callas Cultural Space.