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Tehran's City Theater Complex wins battle to move metro station site

TEHRAN, Dec. 3 (Mehr News Agency) -- Tehran Urban and Suburban Railway Company has been persuaded to relocate the site of a metro station which they had planned to build directly in front of the City Theater Complex.

The construction of the station began last Wednesday night and experts said that the outlook of the complex, which is Tehran's most important theater venue, would be threatened if the project were to be completed.

After the commencement of work, the issue raised a media frenzy when many relevant institutions and artists protested against the project.

Consequently, a session was held on Sunday to decide about the case which was attended by metro Managing Director Mohsen Hashemi, Tehran City Council's Culture Commission director Ahmad Masjed-Jamei, the City Theater Complex director Mehrdad Rayani-Makhsus, the House of Theater director Iraj Rad and the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization representative Ahmad Mohit-Tabatabaii.

As a result, officials of the metro company agreed to build the station in Daneshju Park to the east of the City Theater Complex.

It will take a month to transfer the project to the new location, Hashemi said.

Located at the southeastern corner of the junction of Vali-e Asr and Enqelab streets, the City Theater Complex has been registered on Iran's National Cultural Heritage List. Construction of the complex was commenced in 1967 and it was opened to the public in 1972.

The structure of the theater venue has already been partially damaged when Tehran's Municipality built a religious cultural complex in its parking lot in 2003.

Damages caused by this project to the walls of the Theater Complex resulted in officials having to close the venue for reconstruction work to be carried out -- furthermore repair work has not yet been completed.

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