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Address: Avda. Catedral B, 2nd., Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: 507 262 3525
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: This gorgeous and majestic National Theater was built in the early 20th...
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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Impressive old architecture

I have visited Teatro nacional twice during the past five years for the Danilio Perez Jazz Festival award events. The first time I sat in the balacony on the third level. These... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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Panama
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132 reviews 132 reviews
10 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I have visited Teatro nacional twice during the past five years for the Danilio Perez Jazz Festival award events. The first time I sat in the balacony on the third level. These seats were not designed for a person over 6' tall. This past January I again visited but this time I paid extra to be seated in one of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

El Teatro Nacional or the National Theater is located in the Casco Viejo neighborhood. If it's open do take the time to walk in a marvel the beautiful architecture and artwork. I had the pleasure of visiting the Theater for Panama City's International Film Festival. While planning for your visit to Panama City be on the lookout for performances using... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I always walk by here, and one day, I stopped inside. It was so nice inside, I can't wait to return to Panama and see a production here. Multi-level boxes inside, it looked so ornate. The reason I always walk by here is the water is close and there are several nice mansions nearby including of a famous singer. Once,... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

If you are already visiting Casco Viejo stop by and take a look. Beautiful architecture and very well preserved. It's located close to a charming plaza with several trendy restaurants.

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Reality
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We had some major luck being able to go inside the Teatro Nacional. It is usually closed, but due to a dance recital getting over, we were able to go inside with our tour guide (while doing a city tour). Really really pretty!! Looks like it should be in a movie. Glad we got to see it. Ive traveled a... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

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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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
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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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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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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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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