Leisure time

Carani theatre and cinema currently unusable

Via Mazzini, 28 - Sassuolo - MO - 41049

Phone: 0536/811084 from Monday to Friday 9.30am to 12.30am and 3.30pm to 7.30pm. Saturday from 9.30am to 12.30am.

Fax: 0536/810818

A leaflet printed on the occasion of the inauguration of this theatre reads: "On 11 July 1696 the theatre in the Giordani palace of duke Rinaldo Donato be opened in Sassuolo. With an increase in the population, the theatre was reconstructed in 1773 in order to extend it". This text evidently taken from an age-old memoir refers to the 18th century ducal theatre situated on the Piazza dell'Orologio (now Piazza Garibaldi), demolished in 1905. Eugenio and Mario Carani, industrialists of the town, had the Carani theatre built on a vast area near the old city centre which would allow longitudinal development of the façade on Viale XX Settembre. Work was started - on design of the engineer Zeno Carani of Modena - in February 1930 and the theatre was inaugurated on 25 December of the same year. This theatre has entirely preserved its original appearance. Late-liberty stylistic elements are found in the façade, the foyer furnishings and the wide cut-glass entrance doors. An oddity is worth mentioning - the theatre has three entrances: one on Via Mazzini, one on Piazza Garibaldi through the Carani gallery and the main entrance on Viale XX Settembre. The vast auditorium has a quite simple and linear appearance with a horse-shoe plan and two arrangements of quite large galleries and no particular decorative elements. The centre of the ceiling has an exceptional openable cupola and a seventies' chandelier made in Murano.

By car: From the Modena ring road follow signs for Sassuolo, then take the SS 486 covering it all up in Sassuolo.
By train: from Modena train station take bus No. 7 and get off at the bus station, from there take intercity bus towards Sassuolo, or, again from Modena train station, take the local train to Sassuolo.