The music and drama theatre in Chernovtsy was founded in 1905 and was constructed in Elisabeth square, which is also known locally as Fish platz because of the times when it was used as a fish market. The construction took exceptionally little time – 14 months, and was based on a project by Vienna architects Ferdinand Felner and German Gelmer, who have previously designed a lot of unique and astounding architecture objects. Chernovtsy music and drama theatre building is the exact copy of a theatre in Fürth, which was designed by the same architects. The building has a stunning design: its walls are decorated with scenes from Ancient Greek mythology, and marble busts of famous Ukrainian and world artists are placed in niches. A statue of Melpomene, the patroness of arts, rises above the dome. The interior of the theatre is also quite ornate with lots of stucco, gilded elements and velvet, as well as perfect acoustic features.
When the square was being rapidly filled with buildings in the 1930s, the building of the theatre started dissolving in surrounding landscape. That is why city officials decided to let it stand out of the setting by making it rise above the neighboring buildings. To do this they deepened the parterre part by two meters in front of the theatre and built a wide alley with flowerbeds.
During the years of its existence the music and drama theatre has repeatedly changed its names. Initially it was named after F. Schiller; later it was renamed into Romanian national theatre; after that it was called the Revolution theatre. Finally, in 1963, when the 100th anniversary of Olga Kobylyanskaya was celebrated, the theatre was renamed after this famous writer.
Nowadays the theatre is functioning under the same name. The repertoire of the theatre has been preserved for almost a century with its entire rich heritage. The theatre shows performances after Ukrainian and world classic plays.
Address of the music and drama theatre: Chernovtsy, Theater square, 1.