Gran Teatro de la Habana

Gran Teatro de la Habana information

Downtown Havana , Cuba
Street Paseo de Martí No 458
guided tours CUC$2
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Lonely Planet review

'A style without style that in the long run, by symbiosis, by amalgamation, becomes baroquism.' So wrote Cuban novelist and sometime architectural dabbler, Alejo Carpentier, of the ornate neobaroque Centro Gallego erected as a Galician social club between 1907 and 1914. The Centro was built around the existing Teatro Tacón, which opened in 1838 with five masked Carnaval dances.

This connection is the basis of claims by the present 2000-seat theater that it's the oldest operating theater in the Western hemisphere. History notwithstanding, the architecture is brilliant, as are many of the weekend performances.

The theater was being renovated at the time of writing with performances switched to the Teatro Nacional in Plaza de la Revolución.