National Theatre of Panama

hotels in panama city panamaEl Teatro Nacional or the National Theatre of Panama, inaugurated in 1908, sits on the site of a monastery that dates back to the 1700’s. The theater was designed by Italian architect Genaro Ruggieri, with a style of Italian operetta theater, and opened on October 1, 1908. At the turn of the 20th century, when it opened, it had a luxurious aura and was a destination for Latin American celebrities and governmental elite. It fell into disrepair for some years and at one point in its history was rented out as a movie house.

It saw 2 separate restoration projects, one of the 1970’s and one in the early 2000’s and in 2004 it reopened to visitors. The Neo Baroque architecture alone is worth stopping by for a visit, however you can now take in a show as you could in its heyday. The ceiling features frescoe paintings by Robert Lewis, a well known Panamanian artist.

It is located at Avenida B between Calle 3 & Calle 4, next to the church of San Francisco, and the Plaza Bolivar. It is a part of a cross-shaped building. The other part of the building is the National Palace. Call +507 262-3525 for more details on shows and visiting the National Theatre of Panama. There are multi level boxes available as seating options during shows. Call to find out about on-going performances.

The National Theatre is located walking distance from Magnolia Inn, a luxury boutique hotel and hostel in Panama City, Panama. In addition to being one of the best reviewed hotels and hostels in Casco Viejo by Trip Advisor, Booking.com and Hostel Word, Magnolia Inn is conveniently located near a variety of attractions. In Panama City, these include:

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