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Célestins Theatre (Théâtre des Célestins)
Célestins Theatre (Théâtre des Célestins)

Célestins Theatre (Théâtre des Célestins)

4 Rue Charles Dullin, Lyon, France, 69002

The basics

Célestins Theatre is a time capsule of sorts, since it showcases its original 1881 neoclassical architecture and still operates as a fully functioning theater space. Visitors should check the calendar to attend a performance at one of its two auditoriums, or stop by the public bar for a drink while wandering Lyon's 2nd arrondissement. City sightseeing tours typically pass near the theater, and visit nearby Place Bellecour, a grand public square.

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Things to know before you go

  • Buy a Lyon Card in advance to secure discounted tickets, and free or reduced admission at numerous cultural instructions.
  • Arts aficionados should check the calendar for ticket prices or purchase multi-show passes to enjoy several performances.
  • Visitors aged 25 and younger enjoy a discount on admission tickets.
  • For a deal, try buying rush tickets, which are available at a significant discount 15 minutes before each performance.
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How to get there

Visitors will find the Célestins Theatre on 4 rue Charles Dullin, in Lyon's 2nd arrondissement. If you're not on a tour, plan to arrive by metro. Hop on the A or D line to Bellecour. From there, it's four short blocks to the theater. Your other option is to take the bus, since several lines stop nearby—including the C3, C5, C9, C10, C12, C13, and C20—among others.

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When to get there

If you're going to a show, plan to arrive early for a drink at the theater's lovely bar, adorned with stucco reliefs, or for dinner at the theater's in-house restaurant. The bar is open one hour before and after each performance. For a behind-the-scenes tour of the theater, arrive on Saturday, but check the calendar—tours are held once a month, and charge a small fee.

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Wandering the streets of Old Lyon

Take a short walk from Célestins Theatre over the Bonaparte Bridge (Pont Bonaparte) and you’ll arrive at Quai Romain Rolland, a waterfront promenade bordering Old Lyon. Stroll through the cobblestoned streets of this historic area and enjoy the Renaissance buildings, Gothic churches, and the collonaded Palace of Justice. If there's any place worth letting your feet lead the way, it's Old Lyon, one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in the city.

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