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Teatro Nacional

Avda. Catedral B, 2nd., Panama City, Panama
507 262 3525
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Ranked #8 of 57 Attractions in Panama City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Other
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This gorgeous and majestic National Theater was built in the early 20th century, and still retains its elegant charm. Today, its stage hosts classical music, theater and dance performances—and they’re incredibly affordable. If you can’t make one of the performances, at least make time to check out the beautifully restored and preserved space. 

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Panama City, Panama
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

You should try to find out what activities are taking place at the Teatro, it is worth seing it when there is a clasical music concert or a play. If you get cold easily make sure to bring a jacket. Dont forget to look up at the ceiling, an amazing fresco paint of our panamienian Robert Lewis decorates it.

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Geneva, Switzerland
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

It's a beautiful building that tells a lot of thevPanamanian history! It wasn't planned or me to go there but it was great to have known it! I recommend!

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Panama City, Panama
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

My daughter had a kindergarten play performed here so I did not expect much. Wow was I impressed. Very well kept up theatre with a very old world feel. Balcony seats were great, but it appeared there isn't a bad seat in the house.

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Toronto, Canada
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Saw "Les Miserables" in this amazingly beautiful theatre.....strange to hear all these beautiful songs in spanish but.....definitely worth seeing!

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Singapore, Singapore
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1,131 reviews 1,131 reviews
715 attraction reviews
541 helpful votes 541 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This is worth a stop for a few pics as you explore the Casco Viejo Unfortunately it wasn't open when I visited and so wasn't possible to go inside. But looks quite good from the outside in the sunlight.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I had the oportunity to see the Ballet Folclorico de Panama. The show was unique; original, musical and colorful.

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Pompano Beach, Florida
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96 reviews 96 reviews
30 attraction reviews
195 helpful votes 195 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I always enjoy visiting the Teatro Nacional both in tours by day and performances at night. The theatre is an historic ornate building first opened in 1908 in the historic Casco Viejo district. It is definitely worth taking a look inside during a tour. It is still being used as a venue for local performances so it is worth attending... More

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Panama City, Panama
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

It's not always open but when in Casco it is sure worth it to go inside. If you are staying a while you may want to see a show here just to be in this recently restored theater. Thank Heavens they saved it! Some of hte best things to see in Panama are not well advertised as people (unlike the... More

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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155 reviews 155 reviews
43 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

As mentioned by other reviews, the old Town is in the process of being restored to it's former glory, thankfully. The best way to experience the national theater, is by attending a performance of the National Symphony Orchestra, if you are lucky to be visiting when they are in town. I could not find an internet link for their schedule,... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
34 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The theatre stands within the Casco Viejo or Old Colonial City area, which is itself a must-walk-around and juxtaposes rooflessly ruined homes with those gorgeously restored. The theatre itself - not great in size, not grand in presence.

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