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The theater arrived in Mestre at the end of the eighteenth century, thanks to the Balbi brothers and the Venetian architect Maccaruzzi. Finally Mestre, a holiday resort at the time, was enriched with a cultural space. With the fall of the Republic and tourism interrupted, the activity ceased and the theater was demolished.

A second attempt was made in 1840, with the construction of the Garibaldi theater. Despite the good turnout, the building was not considered to be at the height of the growing town and was closed in 1908.

Finally, in 1912 work began for the construction of the new theater, by the Toniolo brothers. The inauguration took place in 1913, with a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto, whose centenary was celebrated.

With the spread of cinema, the theater was equipped for projections, and remained in business throughout the twentieth century, despite the difficulties.

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