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Looks like we have a new contender for the most beautiful bookstore in the world!

The above photo depicts the El Ateneo, a downtown Buenos Aires theater that was converted into a bookstore! Amazingly the store has integrated many elements of the old theater into the bookstore experience. The stage, for example, is now a reading area and cafĂ©, and the former opera boxes are now small reading rooms. It’s undeniably the most regal and operatic bookstore you’ll ever lay eyes on!


  1. In the 1960s it was a theater (Teatro Grand Esplendid). I attended elementary school around the corner (Escuela Argentina Modelo) and every year at the end of the school year, the school rented the theater and we gave a performance and a small concert for our parents.
    Without a doubt El Ateneo did an incredible job restoring the place. When you walk into it you have a feeling of a grandiose atmosphere, elegant and sophisticated.
    Now, 50 years later, I live in Canada, but I was very pleased to see this photograph and remember those moments.

    • Hi Claudio,

      What a treat that must have been to perform in such a beautiful theatre! I would love to be able to visit Buenos Aires and El Ateneo one day.

      Thanks for the background information on the theatre. We’re glad we could provide you with a little trip down memory lane!

      All the best,
      The Paperblanks Team


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