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Marche are rich in theatres, which bear witness to the cultural level of this land and allow to perceive the focus on the arts of these areas. 

In this region the most ancient testimonies of areas for theatrical shows date back to the ancient Roman age. 

Many of ancient theatres are now almost in ruins, as is the case in Ascoli Piceno, Fermo, Villa Potenza, Jesi, Ostra, Acqualagna and Urbino. 

Only the structures of the theatre and amphitheatre of Falerone and Urbisaglia can now document their own space features linked to the Roman culture of shows and circus games. 

The spread of theatres coincided with the consolidation of the Marches’ economy in the 18th and 19th centuries, linked to the social and cultural re-organization of towns. 

The Italian-style theatre became the symbol of the different social classes, in a period in which the distinction was clear between towns and countryside. 

Theatres represented the need of self-identification of towns; a whole group of citizens exhibited themselves in galleries boxes. 

Each town built that space renewing its urban features and at the beginning of the 19th century theatres became the pivot of new urban planning, as an element of urban decoration.

The 113 theatres mentioned in a survey of 1868 are perhaps the highest expression of the importance of such spaces. 

A great show tradition, whose vitality also influenced the talents of Giovan Battista Pergolesi, Gaspare Spontini, Gioacchino Rossini. 

At the beginning of the following century the changes occurred in many coastal towns due to sea tourism provided a new impetus for the renewal of theatre activities. 

Theatres started to attract tourist during the summer season. An north-south axis was created in the region, along which many theatre companies travelled. 

After the spread of cinema such spaces were deeply affected, with the introduction of cine-theatres. 

For many theatres this meant losing the central box, which was used to place the motion picture camera, a radical transformation of the hall with the simple organization into stalls and balcony. 

After years of neglect, theatres were restored and are now awaiting the beginning of a “modern” cultural life.

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