El Ateneo Grand Esplendid is a huge library located at 1860 Santa Fe Avenue in the Recoleta neighborhood. It is a branch of the chain Yenny, which was located on what was formerly known as the Grand Esplendid Theatre. Its uniqueness is that it preserves the original architecture, although it was retrofitted to function as a library. Thousands of people visit it because it is a site of great architectural interest.
Grand Esplendid theater was opened in 1919, offering ballets, operas and the first sound films that were issued in the country. The place was home to the current EMI, formerly Odeon, where Carlos Gardel began recording in 1920. The recording room still exists, but is not open to the public.
The library was chosen by the British newspaper The Guardian as the second largest bookstore in the world. It has a golden dome with original frescoes, railings and decoration also intact. On the stage of the old theater bar that can be visited while enjoying a good read through the velvet curtain that separates it from the rest of the building works.
The place also has very comfortable armchairs, and large boxes that double as reading rooms. The children’s book industry is located in the basement and on the top floor shows and exhibitions are held. Schedules Ateneo Grand Esplendid are: Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 22:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 09:00 to 24:00, and Sundays from 12:00 to 22:00 hours.