Discuss as:

Six years and $700 million later, the Bolshoi Theater is set to open

Maxim Shipenkov / EPA

A view of the main hall of the renovated Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia, Oct. 8 The reconstruction and restoration works of the Bolshoi Theatre took six years; the Grand Opening is scheduled for Oct. 28.

Anton Golubev / Reuters

The foyer of Moscow's Bolshoi theatre Oct. 24.

Maxim Shipenkov / EPA

The main hall of the renovated Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Oct.8.

Natalia Kolesnikova / AFP - Getty Images

The so-called 'Czar's Box' in the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, on Oct. 8. The restored Moscow landmark built in the 1820s is due to reopen on October 28.

Anton Golubev / Reuters

Visitors walk in the newly refurbished foyer of Moscow's Bolshoi theatre Oct. 24. Moscow's historic theatre is set to reopen with a gala performance on Friday after six years of closure for renovation.

Natalia Kolesnikova / AFP - Getty Images

People take photos in front of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, on Sep. 27.

I went to this theater once before the refurbishing and I thought it was beautiful then. I can't imagine how exciting it must be for Moscow residents to see this wonderful place restored and reopened after such a long time. The theater, home of the famous Bolshoi Ballet, has survived three fires,  bombing during WWII and at one time was set over an underground river. Full story.

More facts about the theater.