Teatro Melico Salazar Theatre, Costa Rica

Get to know the majestic and elegant Teatro Melico Salazar and enjoy some of its dramatic performances

Teatro Melico Salazar Theatre, Costa Rica
Teatro Melico Salazar Theatre
© Sebastiaan Rompen

Teatro Melico Salazar (Melico Salazar Theatre) is one of the most iconic buildings of the city of San José, a must-see on your trip to Costa Rica.

It was built in 1928 and, at first, it was called Raventós Theatre, name of the Spanish land buyer, who wanted that zarzuelas (Spanish operas) and operettas from that time were performed there. But, later on, it was renamed with its current name, honouring the Costa Rican distinguished tenor Manuel Salazar Zúñiga. The design is a work by the architect José Fabio Garnier, where the Corinthian pilasters of its neoclassical façade and the bust at the entrance of Salazar himself stand out.

You will be dazzled by the elegance of the lobby (with a green and black slab floor), the vast auditorium of three levels shaped has a horseshoe and a large chandelier that hangs from the centre.

If you are passionate about drama, you can attend some of the frequent plays, musical works or folk performances that take place in Melico Salazar Popular Theatre.

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Central Street and 2nd Avenue, San José.

Opening hours:

Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 to 12:00 and from 13:30 to 17:00.

Telephone numbers:

Central office: +(506) 2295-600; Box office: +(506) 2295-6032.



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