Theater and cinema, Lisbon
You spent your day in Belem and want to stay for the night? Move to the Cultural Center of Belem (Centro Cultural de Belem, or commonly, CCB).
Since its controvertial construction, (opened in 1993), most of the nighlife of first quality happens there. And if you arrive in daylight, modern art is always present, as a final touch for an extremely rich day.
I didn’t mention dinner! Do I need to? Don’t you know that, close to Belem, near the bridge, the docks are the real capital of Lisbon’s young nighlife?
Anyway, you have the schedulling program on-line.
The Teatro da Trinidad is a National Theater famous for its opera events.
A sign in front reads: Open to the public in 1867, the Teatro da Trinidad was designed by architect Miguel Evaristo de Lima Pinto, commissioned by a private society, in which Francisco Palha had a prominent role. Of Baroque style, decorated in gold and blue colours, with an acoustic which is considered unique in the country, here operas and operettas, plays and balls took place, here the Companhia Amélia Rey Colaço had its headquartes and the "Serões para Trabalhadores" were organised by FNAT, owner of the building since 1962.
If you like opera, be sure to check the Sao Carlos opera house. The performances are usually quite good and the interior is very nice.
Dress Code: Some people tend to dress up a bit, but this doesn't mean you have to. You can go in jeans and nobody will bother you. Tickets can range from EUR 60 to EUR 5, depending on your seat and if it is the opening night or not. The season usually goes from September to June.
The restored building dates to 1846 and is famous for its facade topped by a statue of a 16th century playwright named Gil Vicente. The season runs from August to June and performances are mainly in Portugues with the occasional foreign language production.
I didn't go to a show, but the website below lists performances, ticket prices and everything else you'll need.
Pav and I went to the movies one night. It was great because the movies are shown in English with Portuguese subtitles. I almost felt guilty because our movie going experience was better than the locals! The movie was 3.50 Euros (pretty cheap compared to the States).
We saw the Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio film, "Catch Me If You Can," which is a great movie!
Check the "Publico" for movie listings.
The Teatro Politeama roots lie in 1902 and the present building still has features from the 1920's. Since 2000 modern musicals are performed here,
Number of sets: ~800.
Tickets: from 15 Euro up.