Must-see entertainment in Quito

  • Top Choice

    This Floresta film house shows art films (often in English) and has occasional dance, theater and live music. There’s a great cafe attached.

  • Café Libro

    Live music, poetry readings, discussions, contemporary dance, tango, jazz and other performances draw an arts-loving crowd to this long-running venue…

  • Teatro Bolívar

    One of the city’s most illustrious and important theaters, the Teatro Bolívar stages dance performances, concerts and plays. The wonderful art deco…

  • Teatro Sucre

    Built in 1878, this stately, beautifully restored building in the lively Plaza del Teatro hosts Quito’s best theater, dance and music productions…

  • La Juliana

    In an old converted house, La Juliana is a colorfully decorated space with a good mix of bands (rock, salsa, merengue) lighting up the dance floor most…

  • Casa de la Música

    Top-flight orchestras, including Quito's own philharmonic, and musicians from around the world perform at this contemporary hall with great acoustics.

  • Cafe Democrático

    Alternative live music (think salsa and Latin jam sessions, jazz-ska nights and flamenco guitar improvisations) and DJs keep the dance floor packed at…

  • Varadero

    This space, attached to La Bodeguita de Cuba, comes alive on weekend nights when it's transformed into a lively salsateca. If you're lucky you'll catch a…

  • Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa

    The city's main soccer stadium, opened in 1951, seats 37,750. Ecuador's national team, Deportivo Quito and El Nacional play here. Nearby is the shopping…

  • Ballet Folklórico Nacional Jacchigua

    This folkloric ballet is as touristy as it is spectacular. It is presented at the Teatro Demetrio Agilera in the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana and is…

  • Fundación Cultural Humanizarte

    This excellent theater and dance group presents sporadic Andean dance performances, usually on weekend nights in La Ronda. You can also inquire about…

  • Teatro Patio de Comedías

    Presents plays and performances Thursday through Sunday nights, usually at 8pm. It’s near the Mariscal between Calle 9 de Octubre and Av Amazonas.

  • Multicines

    Multiscreen cinema at the Centro Comercial Iñaquito showing the latest Hollywood movies.

  • Cinemark

    The most recent Hollywood blockbusters are shown here (usually subtitled rather than dubbed).