Grillo-Theater is the oldest theatre in the Ruhr area. It was donated by industrial magnate Friedrich Grillo. Architect Heinrich Seeling built the theatre in the style of 19th century neo-Renaissance. After its destruction during World War II, it was re-erected in 1949/1950 by the architects Seidensticker and Borsch. In the mid-1980s theatre architect Werner Ruhnau gutted the building and converted it into a modern theatre. Apart from the main stage, plays are also staged in the Studio and the Café Central. Right beside the Grillo theatre you can find two more Essen theatres, CASA and BOX. They are located on the top floor of the theatre arcade, which was built in 1930 and re-designed in 2005.
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