The house in which the Theatre is located now was built in the 70s of the XVIII century
Leningrad Estrade Theatre was opened in 1939 as the first soviet professional varirty theatre. At that moment a very young conferencier Arkadiy Raikin appeared on the stage and since 1944 he became a director of the theatre and worked there for the rest of his life. In 2002 the theatre was named after Arkadiy Raikin.
For a long time there was one of the most comfortable hotels in St.Petersburg " Demutov inn" (named after the owner ). In 1810 - 1820 Pushkin used to stay here. In 1828, he wrote the poem "Poltava" in Demutovyh rooms just in three weeks. He "placed" one of his characters in this hotel, hussar Minskiy from the novel "Station master". Griboyedov used to live herefor many times, exactly here he meets his friends a just written comedy " Woe from Wit"