Kutaisi Drama Theater
The author of the Kutaisi Meskhishvili Theater building project was architect academician Mikheil Shavishvili.
Construction process started in 1939 and continued for 16 years.
The building was solemnly opened on 5 November 1995.
The unique building of the Kutaisi Theater received the status of the architectural monument in 2009.
Ideologically, the architecture of the theater building reflects spiritual relationship of the King of the Sun Aiet and Kolkhi Medea with the Hellenic culture and the theater of that time. The building is constructed following to the traditions and style of the classic Hellenic epoch.The major falderol of the ancient Greek culture were pediments, chapiters, cornices and colonnades, created feeling of greatness, solemnity, rare simplicity and charming.
The theater is of semi-circlic form and is constructed with eclat stone. The continuously tied arch system is around the circle, via ionic and Corinthian collonades. In the façade decore signs characteristic for the Georgian ecclesiastical architecture are used, as a generalization of the symbolic connection of Georgian and antique civilizations.
The building façade is surfaced via eclat stone and carvings. The doors and windows are from the unique redwood; the building interior is ornamented via artificial marble columns, the floor is from the artistic mosaic, where the Golden Fleece details are used. The color gamma is gentle and harmonic, which are defined by the soft colors of façade stone, malachite and bordo. The spectators’ hall accommodates 1100 spectators. But nowadays quantity is decreased to 900 persons. The art of the hall ceiling and columns are in Georgian style. The most part of the stone carvings were created by the famous Georgian stone master of that time Valerian Mizandari.
Since 2007 functional area of the Meskhishvili Theater building enlarged and changes were done: on the fifth floor of the building small stage for 100 persons was opened, which nowadays is presented with interesting repertoire. In the halls adjacent to the small stage constantly operative exhibition of the theater history is located.
In 2008 on the second floor of the theater, in the major lobby of the mezzanine, literature saloon strated its activities. In the outbuilding of the theater Art-café was opened. In 2020 in the theater garden new space Green Theater, considered for 150 spectators was opened.