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The Residenztheater is the domicile of the Bavarian State Drama Company. It is one of Munich's biggest theater venues and perhaps one of its most prestigious. The program changes daily and productions vary vastly, offering everything from classical pieces to contemporary plays. The ticket office is open from 10a to 6p from Monday to Friday and from 10a to 1p on Saturdays.
Karl von Fischer erected this classical building in 1818. Today the National Theatre Munich stands tall in marble, crystal and gold, hosting live performances of international artists. The theater is well planned and has a Corinthian portico dedicated to Apollo and the Muses. There is also a mosaic of Pegasus on the rear tympanum, designed by Ludwig Schwantehaler. The building has been destroyed twice: once by fire in 1825 (it was rebuilt two years later in a style faithful to the original) and again in a 1943 air raid. It was rebuilt in 1963 according to the original plans. The Bavarian State Opera, one of the world's best, showcases its events here and the Munich Opera Festival attracts many enthusiasts from around the world every year.
The Schauspielhaus is the major stage and theater of the Munich Kammerspiele and probably one of Germany's remaining well maintained Art Nouveau theaters. Built in the beginning of 1900 by architects Richard Riemer Smith and Max Littmann, the theater was restored between 2000 to 2003. You will only find German theater here and if you know the language you will thoroughly enjoy the shows, of which quite a few are award winning plays.
Named after its architect François de Cuvilliés, this was once the court theater. The interior has been restored to its original baroque glory, decorated in majestic red and gold. The theater has four floors and each has 14 box theaters or special seats which encloses the ground floor in a horseshoe shape. You can also visit this historic venue singularly or on a combined ticket as well.
Munich's second-oldest movie theater, Museum Lichtspiele has been entertaining people since 1910. It is famous for having screened the Rocky Horror Picture Show for 30 years, which eventually stopped due to lack of public interest. Today, many different kinds of movies are screened at the four halls that make up this theater, and you are sure to have a good time at this landmark cinema house.
Gone are the days when films scandalized the public, but this legendary basement cinema in the backyard of the Fraunhofer restaurant is still dividing audiences. Love them or loathe them, when it comes to legends, there's no sitting on the fence. With just 53 seats and a tiny screen, Werkstattkino has almost as much cult status as the films it shows. Real cinema buffs are sure to enjoy the black-and-white films screened here.
Reopened in 1997, this is the finest of Munich's opera houses and host to ballets, orchestras, operas, and operettas from all over the world. Classical in style, it was built in 1901 by Max Littmann. The auditorium is designed like an amphitheater with no seat categories, according to the supposedly democratic ideals of Wagnerian opera. The building is also home to the Bavarian Theater Academy, whose students use both stages for public performances.