Tacón Theatre

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Tacón Theatre
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Teatro Tacón in 1853 Map of Havana.

The Teatro Tacón (Tacón Theatre) opened in 1838 in Havana, Cuba. Its auditorium contained 2,750 seats.[1] It was built by Pancho Martí [ca], a businessman from Barcelona who moved to Havana.[2][3] In 1847 Bottesini's opera Cristoforo Colombo premiered there.[4] By 1855, so many people attended events that the city issued parking regulations for carriages on performance nights.[5]


The Teatro Tacón had excellent acoustics, so much so that the Gran Teatro de La Habana was built around its old hall. Architect Paul Belau and U.S. firm Purdy and Henderson, Engineers kept the original structure and built the Centro Gallego (Galician Center), a European-styled addition and renovation for the purpose of enlarging its functions as well as serving as a means of introducing an elaborate system of circulation into an otherwise simple, and architecturally modest, preexisting box.


  1. ^ Leopoldo Fornés Bonavía (2003). Cuba, cronología: cinco siglos de historia, política y cultura (in Spanish). Madrid: Editorial Verbum [es]. ISBN 978-84-7962-248-0.
  2. ^ Ramírez 1891.
  3. ^ Ned Sublette (2004). Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo. Chicago Review Press. ISBN 978-1-56976-420-6.
  4. ^ Robert Murrell Stevenson (1992), "Havana", New Grove Dictionary of Opera, New York, ISBN 0935859926
  5. ^ "Art.169-175". Ordenanzas municipales de la ciudad de La Habana (in Spanish). Imprenta del gobierno y capitania general. 1855.


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