The city that gave birth to theater as an art form continues to have a vibrant theaters life. The city has more than 140 theater venues, whereas more than 500 theaters productions are presented each year.
Following an urban regeneration program in former industrial districts within the city center, a large number of small theater venues, owned by independent theater groups, have been created over the last 10 to 15 years in Metaxourgeio, Psyrri and Gazi. Old warehouses have been turned into theaters, forming altogether a "theaters neighborhood" dominated by avant-garde independent artists.
The National Theater has six different stages in three different spots within the city center. The central building at Agiou Konstantinou street, next to Omonoia square, is an Ernst Ziller's design, built in 1901. Having been restored very recently, the stages are now in line with the latest developments in terms of equipment and technical specs.
Theater reality in Athens is divided into a winter and a summer season. The winter season lasts from late October to May, and the summer season from May until late October. During the summer season, theater is taken to open air amphitheaters, similar to the Ancient Theater of Dionyssos and the majority of the summer productions focus on Ancient Greek drama.