Ariston Theater

The San Remo theater, brought to fame by the most important Italian singing competition, has existed for about 50 years thanks to the initiative of a family which for 3 generations has been active in the world of entertainment.  Already the owner of the Centrale movie teather, in 1947 Aristide Vacchino opened the “Giardino”, an open-air cinema where, in 1953, construction work began in order to build a great complex intended for entertainment: the “Centro Ariston.” Not a few difficulties and obstacles had, however, to be overcome before the innovative project could be translated into public reality.

In 1957, the “Ariston all’aperto” is launched, a large arena located on the roof of the building in via Matteotti; on December 6, 1962, it is the turn of the “Ariston Mignon” (currently the “Ritz”), a hall with 450 seats, seashell-shaped, and decorated with bas-reliefs in metal by sculptor Alfieri.  Finally, the Ariston, a cinema theater capable of 1960 seats, divided into stalls and balcony, with 16 boxes, is inaugurated on May 31, 1963.

Besides providing San Remo once again with a real theater, as the “Principe Amedeo” had not been rebuild on the ruins left by the war events, right from the time of its opening, the “Centro Ariston” has represented a remarkable example – perhaps unique in Italy – of a multipurpose complex characterized by comfort of settings, elegance of fittings and decorations (the large ceiling fresco is by painter Cuneo), avant-garde technical solutions, considerable scenic equipment, and multimedia systems and services. In August 1986, substantial works began at the “Centro Ariston” in order to reorganize the space, adopt new layout solutions, and achieve technological structures allowing the adaptation to the necessities of  active and reliable multi-unit conferences.

Today, besides the renowned Festival of the Italian Song, the Ariston Teather houses the Song Writers and Singers “Premio Tenco” show, and all the events on the bill such as poetry, ballet, opera, conventions, fitness, cabaret, television events, musical shows.

Ariston srl is today a complex constitued by several halls: Ariston (1909 seats), Ritz (390 seats), Cinema Roof Sala 1 (384 seats), Roof Sala 2 (135 seats), Roof Sala 3 (135 seats), and Roof Sala 4 (35 seats), all located in the same building on Corso Matteotti 107.