Teatro Popular Melico Salazar, San Jose

Teatro Popular Melico Salazar, San Jose

The Melico Salazar Theatre is located in the capital city of San Jose, Costa Rica. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country, as it maintains a very heavy schedule of concerts, plays, and performances each year. In fact, many people have called this location the Madison Square Garden of the country.

Upon first glance, one will notice that it is quite a large building. It represents some of the best European Baroque style architecture in the country, but is not nearly as ornate as the Teatro Nacional just a block away.

Jose Raventos started the theatre in 1927 by buying land for the building. He had always dreamed of constructing a place to perform a type of Spanish operetta called Zarzuelas. The architect was Jose Garnier Ugalde. The location was ready to go by 1928, and the first performance given was the classic operetta Esperanze Irish.

A more lavish style gallery was added to the building in 1960, but it sadly burned in a fire just seven years later. For the next ten years, the location would not do well. It would take until 1985 for the old theater to really get back on its feet again. In that year, the government passed a law declaring the theater a “cultural institution especializada.” In that year, the theater was given its current name to honor Manuel Melico Salazar.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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Sight Name: Teatro Popular Melico Salazar
Sight Location: San Jose, Costa Rica (See walking tours in San Jose)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles

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