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“enjoyable atmosphere, standard theatre”

Gran Teatro de La Habana
Ranked #9 of 251 things to do in Havana
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Theatre is nothing special, the presence of Cubans contributes to make it special. Toilets are pretty disappointing. Ticket price for the festival of ballet was 25 cuc for tourists. Book in advance to get good seats. I paid for plates but I had bad view of the stage.

Thank Daniela D
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Again, dont miss anything in Havana, everything is well worth a visit, the buildings and art work and arcitecture are amazing, and anything needingn renovation is being done, as Havana is now a World Heritage site.

Thank George F
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

The Gran Teatro is a great place to visit in Havana. It houses a performance theater, several art galleries, a disco, a dance school, and a bad restaurant.

The Disco is in the basement at the side near the Hotel Inglaterra. It caters to locals in moneda nacional (Cuban non-convertible pesos).

Above it facing Parque Central is a government restaurant that caters to tourists. It has a nice interior but mediocre food.

Also facing the park are a free graphics gallery, the entrance to the theater, the ticket office, and at the Capitolio end, the entrance to the sculpture gallery and dance school.
Schedules for upcoming events are displayed on the columns that line this face of the building and on a board by the ticket office.

The Ticket Office.
Prices for major performances are 20 cents for locals and $25 for foreigners. Many people buy the same tickets for $15 from the man who hangs out beside the ticket office, with no problems.
This is typical of the two-tier pricing system throughout Cuba. Seating anywhere in the theater you would like to be is generally not a problem no matter what their seating plan says about it being full.

The Theater...a real Grand Dame.
A bit tatty around the edges but a fabulous place from another time. If there are no performances, the ticket office can arrange a tour of the theater for $2.
Cuba has a wealth of performance artists and this is a great place to showcase their talents.

The Sculpture Gallery and Dance School.
The Capitolio end of the Gran Teatro is newly renovated.
Admission is free although the guards will try to hit you up for a "contribution" on your way out.
A grand staircase curves up past the off-limits dance school on the second floor to the sculpture gallery on the third floor. It is worth the climb just for the architecture although the exhibitions can be world class as well.

2  Thank RobinThom
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

If the Ballet Nacional de Cuba is in town, beg, borrow or steal a ticket to see them. You can usually get tickets from the box office but if that fails try the many touts outside half an hour before the performance. The theatre has been repaired and is in generally good condition but the quality of dancing of the Cubal ballet is second only to the great companies of Russia and you will be thrilled by any of their performances. Performances are usually without an orchestra but you'll forget that after the curtain rises! A list of performances scheduled is written on notice boards outside and a ticket will cost you about 20 CUC. The bar has no roof so choose your table carefully if rain is forecast. Have a pre or post ballet drink on the patio bar of the Hotel Inglaterra next door.

2  Thank bsfood
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

It's located near the Capitolio which makes it as grande as it should be. It was pretty bad that I didnt get the chance to look what is inside the Gran Teatro.

1  Thank c0sm0p0litangirl
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