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Teatro Tapia, San Juan

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Teatro Alejandro Tapia y Rivera, is among the oldest free-standing drama stage buildings under U.S. flag still in use. It is located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It is named after Alejandro Tapia y Rivera, a Puerto Rican poet and dramatist.LocationThe theater faces east, across from Plaza de Colón, on Fortaleza Street, and was constructed in 1824. It was designed in the Italian style as a horseshoe shaped opera house with three tiers of boxes. A block south lies a brick-shaped former Casa de camineros, house of road-maintainers. To the north-east lies a string of cultural institutions: the restored Casino de Puerto Rico, the YMCA, the Carnegie library, the Ateneo Puertorriqueño, and Moorish-inspired Casa de España. In the northern seaward cliff sprawls the historic and labyrinthine fort of San Cristóbal. The original landward gate of old San Juan lays just east of this site on Calle Fortaleza.SignificanceFor over one hundred years since it was built it was the center of cultural life in the city. Famous soprano Adelina Patti sang there in one of her earlier tours of the Americas during the mid-nineteenth century. Other notable performers to have graced its stage include the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova.
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  • Observed from the outside at this old theatre in the city. I had heard its been around for years. Looks wonderful from the outside  more »
  • Perfect location and intimate theatre. All seats are full view seats in my opinion as the theatre is small compared to theatres in NYC. The sound was perfect and the staff was very friend. The...  more »
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  • Nicely restored XIX century theater across the street from Plaza de Colón in Old San Juan.
  • Teatro Tapia is one of the oldest theaters in Puerto Rico and the Americas. It's an historical building located in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Since 1839, and still in operation, it's an important stage for musical shows, theater plays, concerts and more. A must see.

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