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Founded in 1781, and based at this building since 1799, Krakow’s “Old Theater” has reflected the monumental changes in Polish history over its 200-plus years. The Stary had its heyday with the great names of the 19th century. Closed in the early 1900s, the Stary reopened immediately after the war, only for each subsequent director to come to loggerheads with the government censor. Much is documented in the modest museum downstairs, where you’ll also find the Maska Cafe, done out in the same Art Nouveau style as the theater’s facade. The Stary stages both Polish and international productions.