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Restoration and expansion works were carried out as from 1752, though about a century later the condition of the building was judged to be disastrous.
In 1850, the local community was favourable to building a new theatre that was erected on a design by the architect Francesco Forti and inaugurated in 1852. The actual completion, however, only took place some twenty years later.
The façade was finished in 1872-73 by the engineer Antonio Tegani of Reggio Emilia using eight marble columns offered by the Municipality of Modena. In 1880, the theatre was named for the musician Bonifazio Asioli. It was partially destroyed by fire in 1889 and reconstructed toward the end of the century. Reconstruction, which started in 1890, was supervised by the municipal engineer Giuseppe Aimi in respect for the previous characteristics. In 1898, thanks to a public subscription, the theatre was inaugurated with a performance of Puccini’s La Bohème. In 1909 another fire occurred, in which the building did not suffer particular damage but two people were killed. From 1943 to 1960, the theatre was used as a cinema; it was later returned to the Municipality of Correggio in precarious condition in terms of structures, technical systems, and services. The theatre was reopened in 1973.
The painter Franco Zanichelli supervised the restoration of the frescoes, decorations, and stuccowork.
The theatre has a neo-Classical façade which holds four marble medallions by the sculptor Eusebio Casalgrandi depicting Bonifazio Asioli, Claudio Merulo, Nicolò da Correggio, and Samuele Jesi. The vestibule has an octagonal plan, giving access to the atrium in which two marble tablets commemorate the musicians Merulo and Asioli.
Source: local Staff Reggio Emilia