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Address: Second Ave. and Fifth St., San Jose, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2010-1111

Since 1897, this elegant theater has been a source of pride.

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Very European Theater

If you are in San Jose Costa Rica, walk around the theater and go in. It is very ornate and has a small cafe. Very European feel and look.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are in San Jose Costa Rica, walk around the theater and go in. It is very ornate and has a small cafe. Very European feel and look.

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Los Angeles, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We toured the grounds and the entrance, because although we went twice we could hit times when the interior was open for tours. But interesting from what we saw.

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Palm Coast, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Spent an afternoon with a guide who shared just the right amount of information with us. He led us from one sight to another flawlessly.

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Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

As always, Costa Rica sharing its magnificent quality with the rest of the world. Wonderful concert in charge of Alejandro Gutierrez.

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Vancouver, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Although we didn't take the tour through the entire theatre, we wandered around the foyer to ogle the incredible ornate decorations and art. A really beautiful cafe is attached to the lobby, it looked quite inviting. Peeking through the lobby doors to the interior theatre we could see people doing an entire tour and it looked well worthwhile. Maybe next... More 

Suffolk, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We were only able to see the lobby since the main theater was closed on Monday. The lobby includes ornate decorations including marble statues and gold leaf work. History of construction was interesting. We were shown a picture of the main hall which would be worth seeing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

On the southern side of the Plaza de la Cultura resides the Teatro Nacional, San José’s most revered building. Constructed in 1897, it features a columned neoclassical facade that is flanked by statues of Beethoven and famous 17th-century Spanish dramatist Calderón de la Barca. The lavish marble lobby and auditorium are lined with paintings depicting various facets of 19th-century life.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The theater was absolutely stunning. Paid $10us per person for a guided tour. Guide was very knowledgeable. Tour took approx. 45 mins and departure was on the hour alternating every other hour between English and Spanish. We had lunch at the little cafe as we waited for the next tour and had the best club sandwich I've ever tasted.

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San Jose, CR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to quite a few performances at the Nacional Theater and they have all been wonderful. The theater itself is very elegant and well preserved. If you have an opportunity to see a performance while in San Jose, do it!! Keep in mind that parking is limited. Most of the time I get there early and park on... More 

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Nassau, New Providence Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely piece of history being preserved. Check the schedule before going as you may get to see a live performance.

Thank GlobetrottingIslands

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