Construction of the new Theatre of the Central Opera Troupe started in October 1986 and theatre was completed in 1989. Theatre of the Central Opera Troupe covers an area of 18, 000 square metres. Its stage can be lifted, lowered, or revolved with all mechanical facilities con-trolled by computers. It was designed by a design research institute under the Commission of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence. The Theatre of the Central Opera Troupe was the first modern theatre designed and constructed by China herself.