The restoration and revamp of the Bucharest National Theater (TNB) will be concluded by late 2014, one year later than the original deadline, with total costs amounting to EUR 65 M, via a loan taken out from the Development Bank of the Council of Europe (BDCE). The construction site was inspected on Monday by Premier Victor Ponta, who said that it would be one of the most modern national theaters in Europe, with exhibiting areas and café areas, yet it would not host political events, with such decision to nonetheless be up to the theater’s management. TNB General Manager Ion Caramitru confirmed that the work is most likely to get finished in late 2014, about one year later than originally planned, due to delays surrounding the moving out of the Operetta Theater. Asked by journalists whether he is hopeful more Bucharesters would come to the theater once the refurbishment is completed, Caramitru said that the number of viewers was up 160 to180 pc in the past two to three years, adding that not the theater crisis is important now, but how the economic crisis is overcome. According to previous statements by TNB officials, the theater will have seven performance plays: the Grand Hall (900 seats), Small Hall (250), Studio Hall (598), Atelier Hall (300), Painting Hall (286), Media hall and the Outdoor Amphitheater.