The Aleksanteri theater, the "Old Opera House", is located near Hietalahti square and the charming Sinebrychoff park. Nowadays the building is home to occasional theatrical performances and concerts. The bricks for this decorative red building were transported all the way from Ahvenanmaa. The building was designed by Kosperoff and completed in 1879 to serve as a theater to the local Russian garrison. The National Theater and Opera companies moved here in 1918; the National Theater moved away quite quickly, but the National Opera remained at the theater until 1993, when the new Opera House was completed in Töölö. The Old Opera House is an important part of Finnish cultural history. Its lovely surroundings and excellent shows are also good reasons for a visit. The National Ballet's school operates on the premises, and the program consists mainly of operatic and ballet performances.