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2021 - Mexico City - 42 - Teatro Lirico at Calle de República de Cuba 46

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posted by Ted McGrath alias Ted's photos - Stand With Ukraine on Thursday 6th of January 2022 03:43:01 PM

Our next stop to a venue not visited before was Teatro Lirico. The Lyric Theatre was built on the street of the Eagle (now the Republic of Cuba) and opened 06 August, 1907. The theatre is the oldest theatre in Mexico City still in operation - NOT, it closed in 2002 and today looks like its been taken over by street people. The front entrance is a mess. Guess I didn’t do enough research before selecting this as a place to check out. There is little information about the building online. The theatre first owner was Mr. Rafael Icaza y Landa, who entrusted the construction to Eng. Manuel Torres Torrija. The building combined all the technical advances of the time with the greatest possible luxury so it was used as the venue for lavish shows. The theatres initial capacity was 1800 seats (reduced to 1100 during a 1960's modification). Throughout its history the theatre changed its name several times, first being the Follies Bergere (1909) and then Teatro de la Comedia (1923). In 1935 the theatre was rebuilt by Architect C. Corombe to function as a cinema and theater. In 1965 it underwent a new remodeling, and 28 years later, due to the damage caused by the 1985 Mexico Earthquake , it was restored once more by Architect Vicente Flores Arias and reopened 25 April 25, 1993 with the comedy musical The Merry Widow , performed by Angélica María. The theatre today needs some TLC soon or the wrecking ball will be on the way.

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