National Theater, San José

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    Teatro Nacional

    by grandmaR Updated Jun 9, 2012

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    On Monday, one of the things we did was a tour of the National Theatre (which was being renovated, so it wasn’t really a tour, and we didn’t pay for it because the guard at the entrance wasn’t there) and had lunch there ($12.91 for 2 including tip). I didn't take many photos because everything was shrouded with dust cloths.

    Now the visiting hours are December 1, 2011 to April 30, 2012 from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm

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    Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica

    by ZeekLTK Written Mar 8, 2012

    The National Theater of Costa Rica is also located right in downtown San Jose. It is housed inside a very nice building and they put on shows from time to time. Unfortunately we weren't able to take in any during our visit, so I'm not sure about the pricing.

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    Teatro Nacional

    by dustmon Written Dec 14, 2011
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    Gorgeous building--when we visited they were having a young ballet troup practicing on the main stage when we peeked inside---we had lunch at the cafe on the left (great people watching of Central Park if you get a window table)---ask to use the toilet and you can slip past the guard and peek inside the theater. They had a wonderful creche outside for the Christmas season....

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    Teatro nacional

    by a005116 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The nacional theatre on the 'plaza de la cultura' is for me, the most beauitifull building in the country. If you're spending a day in the capital, not passing by would be a mistake.

    The concerts and drama's performed are an inexpensive and a good alternative to a 'cinema-evening'. Note that the're no performances in a great part of february and march.

    In the building you've a verry nice athmospheric, but unfortunately expensive bar where you can enjoy a Costa Rican Coffee. Just in front of the theatre you also have the terrace of the 'gran hotel'. Neither cheap, but it is the only (nice) terace of the country and the view on the theatre is also admirable.

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    National Theatre

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Nov 22, 2008

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    This theatre was built in 1897 and is considered as San Jose's Architectural gem. It was designed by Belgian architects and decorated by Italian artists. With its 1,000 seating capacity, it is still being used today for performances which can limit your ability to visit inside.

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    Catch a performance at the Teatro Nacional

    by Kindra Updated Nov 14, 2008

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    The Teatro Nacional is a beautiful old building just off Avenida Colon in downtown San Jose. You can take tours to see the exquisitely decorated and restored rooms of the Theatre or even better, sneak a peak while visiting the theatre for one of the shows. The opera festival is August 4-11 followed up by the music festival. Plays, musical groups and dance troups often visit the Theatre.

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    National Museum

    by Snipernurse Written Jun 3, 2008
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    Here's my feelings about the National Museum; you're in San Jose already, you committed the day, might as well spend 15 minutes there for a visit. It is fun to see, interesting to see the furniture used in the earlier part of the 19th century, you may be lucky enough to even catch a performance there!

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    National Theater / Theatro Nacional

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 14, 2007

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    Located on the south side of the Plaza de la Cultura, Costa Rica's National Theater has been the nation's architectural show showpiece and cultural temple for more than a century. The theater had it's beginnings in 1890, when a European opera company featuring the prima donna Adelina Patti toured Central America but was unable to perform in Costa Rica because there was no suitable venue.

    Wealthy coffee barons voted a tax on coffee exports to fund construction of a theater. Craftsmen were brought in from Europe were imported to build the magnificent structure with a classical Renaissance facade. The Theater was inaugurated in October 1897, with a performance of Faust by the Paris Opera and its famous Corps de Ballet.

    Statues on the outside of the theater represent Dance, Music, and Fame. The inside foyer is decorated in pink marble with allegorical figures of Comedy and Tragedy. Beautiful murals depict native Costa Rican themes. A giant crystal chandelier hangs from the ceiling.

    The auditorium floor was designed to be used as a ballroom as well as for performances by a manual winch which can raise the main floor to stage level.

    Guided Tours:
    Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Saturday: 9 a.m. - 12:30 and 1:30–5 p.m.

    Admission: $3.00

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    Smoking Room

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 14, 2007

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    The Smoking Room, on the front second story of the National Theater was so opulent that I thought it deserved a tip of its own. this was the prettiest part of the theater and certainly is in indication that smoking was looked upon more favorably a century ago than it is today.

    The room has pink marble with ornate gold trim, green velvet seats, statuary, and murals of naked celestial deities on the ceiling. From the windows of the room there was a very good view of the Plaza de la Cultura, and also the Grand Hotel, across the street from the Theater.

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    Teatro Nacional

    by penumbra Updated Oct 4, 2006

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    For those rainy afternoons, tour the 1000 seat Teatro Nacional (National Theater). Completed in 1894 at the height of Costa Rica’s coffee and banana wealth, its stone exterior is eye-catching and its interior will take your breath away. Just stepping into the lobby with its Italian pink marble and gold trim makes you think you've stepped across the ocean to Europe. It hosts a Viennese-style café run by Café Britt, the same people that you’ll be buying souvenirs from at the airport. Enjoy coffee, tea or lunch while taking in the painted ceiling or local art exhibits.

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    San Jose's most beautiful building

    by sean420 Written Sep 7, 2006
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    The National Theatre is located next to the Plaza de la Cultura and the Museo de Oro Precolumbia y Numismatica (Gold museum). As you enter go to the first door to the right into the gift shop to purchase tickets to tour the building ($3). A brief overview and history of the building are given inside the theatre and then you are free to walk around and check out the beautiful rooms and murals. Cameras are allowed but no flash photography.

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    TEATRO NACIONAL

    by Sininen Written Nov 6, 2005

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    In my opinion the most beautiful building in San José. I should have gone in to see what it looks like, but now it is too late to think of it! The theatre was opened in 1897.

    During the day the building is open to the public for viewing from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

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  • Teatro National, and surrounding area

    by nautilus32 Updated Jul 29, 2005

    Very interesting place to go not to mention very beautiful. The archetecture is amazing. Although the most interesting thing to me and the people I was with was outside. There are vendors selling everything from pottery to artists who are painting right outside the theater bought a painting from a artist named montevo. Have no idea if he is still there but was very talented. Always negotiate with vendors they expect it and you can get a very good deal, knowing a bit of spanish helps. I would recommend walking around the national theater for the day very interesting there were interesting people all around, performers, and stores. Really enjoyable day was had. Would not worry about crime at all, never had any problems in the whole country.

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    Teatro Nacional

    by mim95 Updated Mar 21, 2005

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    Beautiful interior of Teatro Nacional

    No doubt that the National Theatre is the prettiest building in San Jose. It has a Renaissance facade with 3 statues on top. The interior is even more intriguing, decorated with life-sized statues in the marble foyer. The theatre was built in late 19th century, and its exterior is currently under renovation.

    A 1-hr guided tour of the building is available for a small fee. I would have joined if I didn't have my heavy backpack with me. You can also buy tickets for operas and symphony orchestra performances.

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    national theatre

    by syphaxus Written Jul 31, 2004
    a cultural attraction in the very center

    costa rica doesn't have many cultural jewels but the national theatre is definitely one of them. its origins go back to the late 19th century when a famous opera singer didn't consider costa rica on her tour because the country didn't have a nice theatre. very quickly the costa rican government charged a tax on coffee exports to finance this building. you can either visit it by day (they charged me 3 dollars) or you can attend a show in the evening (the price depends from the position you choose). visitors are not allowed to take photos of the interior.

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