National Auditorium

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Not to be confused with the Spanish Auditorio Nacional de Música.
Auditorio Nacional
Coloso de Reforma
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National Auditorium is located in Mexico City Central
National Auditorium
Location in central/western Mexico City
Former names Auditorio Municipal
Location Mexico, D.F., Mexico
Coordinates 19°25′29″N 99°11′41.70″W / 19.42472°N 99.1949167°W / 19.42472; -99.1949167Coordinates: 19°25′29″N 99°11′41.70″W / 19.42472°N 99.1949167°W / 19.42472; -99.194916719°25′29″N 99°11′42″W / 19.42481°N 99.194926°W / 19.42481; -99.194926
Capacity 10,000
Construction
Opened 1952
Renovated 1990
Architect Fernando Peña
Ingenieros Óscar de Buen y Guillermo Salazar Polanco
Teodoro González de León (remodel)
Abraham Zabludovsky(remodel)
Website
www.auditorio.com.mx
National Auditorium, Mexico City (2005)

Auditorio Nacional (Spanish: 'National Auditorium') is an entertainment center at Paseo de la Reforma #50, Chapultepec in Mexico City right in front of the Polanco hotel zone next to Campo Marte.

The National Auditorium is considered among the world's best venues by specialized media. It was designed by Mexican architects Pedro Ramírez Vázquez and Gonzalo Ramírez del Sordo, and remodeled by Abraham Zabludovsky and Teodoro González de León. There are concerts, art, theatre, dance and more.

It also has a small venue available for smaller events, called Auditorio Lunario, total seating capacity is just under 10,000.

Constructed in 1952, it was used for volleyball and basketball matches of the 1954 Central American and Caribbean Games and had seen performances of the San Francisco Ballet and New York Philharmonic in 1958. The auditorium was the venue for the gymnastics events at the 1968 Summer Olympics.

Since the 1970s, it has been used primarily for international music, song, dance and film festivals, fairs and exhibitions.

In 1990, the auditorium went through some reconstruction which brought it to the current design.

It hosted the 1993 and 2007 Miss Universe pageants.

In May 2007, the American magazine Pollstar ranked the National Auditorium as the best concert venue in the world.

In November 2007, the Auditorio Nacional won the Billboard Touring Awards for best concert venue in the world.

In November 2008, R.E.M. played their final concert at the National Auditorium.

Auditorio Nacional houses the largest pipe organ in Latin America.

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