THE LAST ACT IN CONSTRUCTING THE NEW BUILDING OF THE NATIONAL THEATRE IN BRATISLAVA (2003-2007)
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Since 1984 a new theatre building has been upgrowing in Bratislava. The regime of socialist nature not suspecting then that in five years will cease to end, had taken a resolution to invest into a grandiosely dispositionaly designed object with an independent scene for opera and ballet (900 spectators) for drama stagings (600 spectators) and an experimental flexible studio with capacity from 150 to appr. 250 seats. According to the original intentions the building was to be ready for the Slovak National Theatre by the beginning of 90s of 20th century, and even though the rough construction was assembled rather quickly, then tailing away began. After a turnover in 1989 the views on demolishing the construction were voiced out, since it had been thought to be a monument of the former regime. Resulting from a rapid inflation and price increase of all materials used, but also from the fact that many supplier companies had ceased, the construction was practically stopped in the half of 90s. In 1999 the Government adopted a decree on completing the construction in the election year 2002. Since this deadline was missed, the Government of Mikulas Dzurinda adopted a decision in 2003 about selling the building that was practically completed. After protests of the public and the opposition politics, the decision was changed and the Government started seeking the alternative ways of completing the construction. In 2004, the Government adopted the Memorandum on Understanding which enabled a private company Delaware (USA) to get control over the building, change the drama part into congress-shopping- entertaining complex and the site belonging to the building was to be used to construct a hotel. This step of the Government was met by a massive resistance. It was declined within the special meeting by the National Council of the Slovak Republic. The Council made it binding for the Government to complete the construction from public sources. On 14th April 2007 the theatre was dedicated with the most prominent representatives of the Slovak Republic present, and has become the residence of the Slovak National Theatre.
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