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Teatro Nacional

3 and 5 Avenida segunda entre Calle
San José, Central Valley, 2221 4000, Costa Rica
TEL: 506 2 221-5341

Behind the columned, Neoclassical facade of San José’s National Theater, the opulent pink marble lobby with statues of Beethoven and other iconic composers gives way to a main auditorium with grand oil paintings of 19th-century Costa Rican life. The 1,000-seat theater was completed in 1894 at the height of Costa Rica’s coffee and banana boom; it remains the country’s primary performance center, hosting cultural attractions from flamenco to opera.

Insider Tip:

Check out the most famous of the auditorium’s paintings, Aleardo Villa’s Alegoría al Café y el Banano (Allegory for Coffee and the Banana); it depicts the two economic pillars of Costa Rican history.


Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Broadway Productions
  • Classics
  • Improv
  • Musicals
  • Performance Space

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