Teatro Comunale di Bologna

The Teatro Comunale has always been in the heart of Bologna. Its harmonious forms and columns, the splendour of its stuccos and its peculiar acoustics are dazzling yet gentle and all of them contribute towards making the Teatro Comunale a fascinating venue. To this day its facets have been maintained, its noble magnificence, its elegant decorations and its welcoming private boxes. The Fondazione Marino Golinelli helped restore it, giving the city of Bologna back a renovated stalls. Working inside a jewel of Eighteenth-century history such as the Bologna Teatro Comunale presented a huge challenge for us. We were awarded this assignment as a result of planning that was careful and conservative but also introduced technological innovation.

The seat, designed on-demand for the theatre - and already in production with the name Rossini – was created by designer Giovanni Baccolini in collaboration with the Aresline Technical Office.

Rossini is designed to save space and allow for more “liveability”, thereby complying with current regulations. The reduced dimensions maintain the same number of seats but have increased the level of comfort to the patrons.

As requested by the supervisors, the original seats’ finishing materials have been replicated, with much attention being given to the smaller details, such as the seats’ contrasting embroidered numbering.

When planning, Areslines was also requested to maintain the existing floor holes to install the seats and to completely remove the first 4 rows, removing a maximum of 3 seats at a time for easy handling and stowage.

Here at Aresline, we took great pride in working on such a historical monument and in being up to the task, meeting all the requirements and achieving the objective.



  • restyling of the stalls
  • 442 Rossini solution on demand
  • adaptation to current regulations
  • space saving with closed seat and resulting improvement in "liveability"
  • the first four rows are removable in blocks of three seats for easier manoeuvrability
  • we installed state-of-the-art technical solutions in a classic theatre and improved visibility of the space. We redesigned the seats, but kept the original shapes and colours, turning it into a multi-purpose hall.


Teatro Comunale di Bologna



Bologna, Italy


End use



Covered Surface

535 sqm


Supplied seats



Supplied products

Rossini (custom seating)


Year of completion


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Design on demand for a historic theater

The restyling of the stalls, or “orchestra” seating as known in North America, of a historic theater is always a complex project due to the need to respect the number of seats already present, while simultaneously adapting to current regulations.  They are also often places of great artistic value in which superintendence plays a role in design choices. Our Technical Department, together with designer Giovanni Baccolini, designed and engineered a technological product with optimal ergonomic characteristics which also respected current norms. The number of seats was maintained and new ones were installed utilizing the drill holes of the former seats, decisions which made it possible to preserve the original wooden flooring.


Current Regulation Compliance

Compliance with regulations in public places is essential for proper safety.  Finding a technical solution to create space exactly where it is most precious was accomplished in this project thanks to armchairs that are compact when closed, but very comfortable when open, therefore permitting wider inter-row dimensions.



In a theater the spectator's well-being is fundamental.  We design comfortable seats that improve visibility and make spaces more "liveable".

Technical data


442 seats



535 sqm fitted out to house 442 spectators seated in the stalls



2 prototypes presented to the customer


installed products

Rossini (custom seating)

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