The World’s Most Unusual Theaters

Theater in itself is immersive and beautiful, but when you’re watching a show on the edge of a cliff or while floating on a lake, you take the experience to a whole new level.

Ready to go to that next level? Here is BUCKiTDREAM’s must-see list of unusual theaters. Don’t forget to share your theater selfies with us on Instagram and Twitter and use the hashtag #BUCKiTDREAM. Enjoy the show!

Let the Wind Whip Through Your Hair at a Theater on the Edge of a Cliff (UK) The Minack Open Air Theater is a dramatic venue that’s perched on cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The theater has been around since the 1930s, when Rowena Cade decided to build it at the end of her garden for a group of amateur performers.

Today, the Minack still hosts amateur groups and retains many of its original features, like the granite boulders at the lower end of the facility. Come here for live music, comedies, and storytelling all through the year. You’ll find it at Porthcurno, in the very far West of Cornwall, just four miles from Land’s End (the famous bottom tip of the United Kingdom).

Address: Porthcurno, Penzance TR19 6JU, United Kingdom

Do Some Sightseeing and Opera Watching for an Affordable Price at an Ancient Open-Air Theater (Greece) The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is famous the world over, having showcased legendary opera stars and tenors like Pavarotti and Frank Sinatra on its stage for the past 60 years. Tucked beneath the slopes of Acropolis, Athens, the theater was built back in 160 AD.

It has changed a bit over the years, with the original structure being destroyed in 268 BC during the invasion of Erouloi, but it’s been continually restored since the 1800s. Today it seats over four thousand people, so be prepared to climb a lot of stairs if your seat’s all the way at the top. (FYI – high heels are banned, so dump the stilettos). For a great selfie spot before the performance, climb to the Acropolis above the theater to get that killer snap.

Address: Areopagitou Dionisiou, Athina 105 55, Greece

Be Totally Wowed by an Amazing Floating Theater (Austria) Every year at this insane theater/installation, The Seebühne (floating stage) pops up on Lake Constance during the annual Bregenz Festival. There’s a different jaw-dropping theme each year, from a huge skeleton for the performance of A Masked Ball by Giuseppe Verdi (1999-2000), to a gigantic Statue of Liberty for Aida (also by Giuseppe Verdi in 2009-10).

With 7000 seats (almost always completely sold out for each show), the theater hosts both musicals and famous operas. Think it looks familiar? You may have seen it in the 2008 James Bond film, Quantum of Solace. The director of the film was so taken aback when he saw the theater, he decided to shoot a scene there.

Address: Lake Constance along the shore of Bregenz, Austria

Catch a Performance in the Middle of a Famous London Park (UK) Whether it’s a scorching 30 degrees in the sun (it happens sometimes) or gushing rain, the performers at the beautiful Regent’s Park Open Air Theater are always prepared to brave the temperamental British weather. The venue is stunning, as it features a semicircle of raised seats that overlook a stage with a natural woodland backdrop.

You need to be a bit of a musical fan to come here, as that’s basically all they show, from Oliver Twist to Jesus Christ Superstar. It may be a bit cheesy, but the performances are always top notch. The theater is based in London’s famous Regent’s Park, which is also home to the renowned London Zoo, so hang around to make a real day of it.

Address: Inner Cir, London NW1 4NU, UK 

Check Out the World’s Last Double Decker Theater (Canada) Having been around for over 100 years, and originally built to show silent movies, The Elgin And Winter Garden in Toronto is the only ‘double decker’ theater you’ll find on the globe. Although it’s two theaters stacked on top of each other, each venue has a different personality.

Sitting seven stories above The Elgin is the Winter Garden, an immersive botanical wonderland with hand-painted walls made to look like a garden. It also has a ceiling bulging with real beech boughs and stunning twinkling lanterns. The Elgin Theater downstairs is also extremely opulent, with cherubs and elegant opera boxes. If you’re a history nerd, you can also take guided tours of the theaters, the lobbies and the backstage area.

Address: 1M4, 189 Yonge St #620, Toronto, ON M5B 2H1, Canada 

Enjoy Date Night at a Romantic, Old World Theater (USA) Designed by famous Architect John Eberson in the 1920s, the magnificent Tampa Theater is on the National Register of Historic Places list (so it’s worthy of historic preservation in the United States). This place is truly an incredible sight, evoking a lavish Mediterranean courtyard, with old world statues, gargoyles and 99 lamps that look like little twinkling stars. It shows everything from old school movies to modern day concerts, so you and your significant other are bound to find something fun to enjoy together.

Address: 711 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

We hope you found at least one unusual theater you’d like to add to your bucket list! Once you visit the venue, add some more culture to your life by visiting the 7 Coolest Movie Theaters in the World and 6 Historical Monuments to Visit in Italy

 

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