Arcachon Olympia

The Arcachon Olympia concert hall rebuild programme started in 2003, recognising that the safety seating capacity limited to 327 was insufficient, and the refurbished building was inaugurated on 13 January 2006. It is the second most prestigious concert hall in the region of Aquitaine, with a capacity of 1000 seats (756 seats in the stalls) and having a floor area of 1500 square metres. The Arcachon Olympia has been hosting concerts, shows and conferences since 2001.

The refurbished Arcachon Olympia now allows performance of operas and operettas with the technical enhancements and revised seating capacity organised by the culture and Arcachon associations of the municipality, using the latest techniques in sound, light and staging.

The 19th century former neo-classical façade was dismantled stone-by-stone, retained, and integrated into a beautiful frontal display of sandblasted glass. The seating is modular and can be adjusted to cater for between 750 and 1000 people. The stage is 16 metres wide, 12 metres high, 14 metres deep stage and can now accommodate large choirs, operas and orchestras.

Originally, construction of the privately owned Arcachon Olympia started in January 1874, with fluted columns topped with Corinthian capitals and was later bought by the town council in 1898. The Arcachon Olympia started to show silent films and became a movie theatre in 1924.