The building of the Municipal Theater of Corfu was the main theater and opera house in Greece, from 1902 to 1943. This emblematic building was commissioned to the Italian architect Pergolesi. The theater belonged to one of the best and oldest in Europe, with high acoustics and rich interior decoration by Italians sculptors with a dominant theme of music and the gods. The theater was the successor of the Nobile Teatro di San Giacomo di Corfu, (one of the oldest theaters in Europe, built in 1720) which later became the Corfu city hall. It was destroyed during a Luftwaffe aerial bombardment in 1943.
During its 41-year history it was one of the iconic theaters in Southeastern Europe, to contribute to the Arts and to the Theater History of the Balkans and Europe.
Several years after its destruction in the late 70’s, in the same place, the center of the city of Corfu, the current Municipal Theater was built. The study and supervision of the building, was undertaken on a non-profit basis by the distinguished Greek architect Pericles Sakellarios.