Thespians and theater-goers alike have a deep appreciation for what plays out on the stage, but the stage itself can be quite captivating.
Theaters range from intricate to bare bones, but the atmosphere they create can completely transform a performance. Many of these older theaters have been painstakingly preserved due to the fact that plays, operas and music are being performed in a room that is art itself.
Some of the newer theaters may not ooze grandiose classical art, but the modernist take is still one to marvel at due to its repetitive and calming nature.
It's safe to say if you attend an event at any one of these locations, even if you don't enjoy the show, you can at least marvel at the architecture.
From stages with a view of the ocean to private theaters made for royalty, check out 12 of our favorites below:
The most stunning theaters in the world
The most stunning theaters in the world
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 10, 2016: The audience pictured before Giuseppe Verdi's Simon Boccanegra opera performed by La Scala's troupe at the Historic Stage of the Bolshoi Theatre as part of the Chereshnevy Les [Wild Cherry Forest] arts festival. Chereshnevy Les arts festival Press Office/TASS (Photo by TASS\TASS via Getty Images)
FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 10: Queen's Theatre, designed by architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel, Trianon gardens, Palace of Versailles (UNESCO World Heritage List, 1979). France, 18th century. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
PORTHCURNO, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 05: The audience watch Cyrano De Bergerac presented by Shattered Windscreen Theatre Company at the Minack Theatre on August 5, 2011 in Porthcurno, England. The play is one of a number of week long productions being hosted at the World famous open-air theatre throughout the summer. The theatre, built by Rowena Cade in the 1930s and carved into the granite cliffs above the sea at Porthcurno, attracts around 75,000 theatre-goers every summer to watch summer performances - ranging from Shakespeare to musicals which are held from May until September, although the grounds and exhibition centre are open all year. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
View of the inside of the Amazon Theater in Manaus, Brazil on December 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Christophe Simon (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
Harpa Concert Hall And Conference Centre, Henning Larsen Architects 2001, Henning Larsen Architects, Iceland, Architect, . (Photo by View Pictures/UIG via Getty Images)
GREECE - AUGUST 24: The auditorium of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, 161-174, Acropolis of Athens (UNESCO World Heritage List, 1987), Greece. Greek and Roman civilisation, 2nd century AD. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
Ballroom in Opera house, Paris
The Teatro Scientifico, Mantua, Italy (Photo by: Leemage/UIG via Getty Images)
MONACO - MARCH 04: The Salle Garnier of the Opera in Monte-Carlo with the decorations,1878-1879. Principality of Monaco, 19th century. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - JANUARY 29: A detailed view of the interior and ceiling of La Fenice Theatre on January 29, 2016 in Venice, Italy. On the 29th January 1996 Venice mourned the loss of its world famous La Fenice opera house as the fire completly destroyed the building highlighting the threat of disaster in the fragile lagoon city. (Photo by Awakening/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY by DEBORAH COLE - FILES - Picture taken on August 6, 2010 shows a life-sized replica of the famed Globe Theatre used by Hollywood director Roland Emmerich for the film 'Anonymous' at the Babelsberg film studios in Potsdam, eastern Germany. The head of a Shakespeare troupe in Berlin said on July 21, 2011 he has been forced to auction off on eBay the theatre-in-the-round. AFP PHOTO NESTOR BACHMANN GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read NESTOR BACHMANN/AFP/Getty Images)
Lowry Arts Centre, Salford, 1992 - 2000. Lyric Theatre view to upper circle. Architects: Michael Wilford and Partners. (Photo by Arcaid/UIG via Getty Images)