Tijuana Cultural Center

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Coordinates: 32°31′48″N 117°01′26″W / 32.53000°N 117.02389°W / 32.53000; -117.02389

Tijuana Cultural Center
Centro Cultural Tijuana
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Established 20 October 1982 (1982-10-20)
Location Tijuana, Mexico
Coordinates 32°31′48″N 117°01′26″W / 32.53000°N 117.02389°W / 32.53000; -117.02389
Type Cultural center
Collections Museo de las Californias
Website www.cecut.gob.mx

The Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT) is a cultural center in the Zona Río district of Tijuana, Mexico. The center opened 20 October 1982, and accommodates more than a million visitors per year.

A major feature of the complex is an OMNIMAX cinema designed by architects Pedro Ramirez Vazques and Manuel Rossen Morrison. It is the only IMAX cinema in Tijuana, and has come to be popularly known as La Bola ("The Ball"). The cinema, which uses a 360-degree projector to surround viewers with a panoramic image, has 308 seats.

The OMNIMAX cinema has been part of the cultural center since the complex first opened in 1982. In October of that year, it premiered the film El pueblo del sol, which was made especially for the cinema's opening. The film presents images from the most representative regions of Mexico, and got very good reviews. It was the cinema's only film for 13 years. Today, the center offers a daily selection of films; it premieres about four films per year.

The OMNIMAX cinema

The center encompasses a large esplanade that accommodates up to 6,000 people. The esplanade is a venue for performances, festivals, and expos.

There is also permanent exhibition, called "Museo de las Californias", which stores over 200 pieces and is a walk through the history of the Baja Peninsula and the state of California from the prehistoric period until the first half of the 20th century. Also a pre-Hispanic garden, called "Jardin Caracol (Snail Garden)", that contains sculptures from the different regions of the mesoamerican cultures that inhabited south Mexico before the arrival of the Spanish Army. Visitors can have the experience of going through the exhibition while enjoying a coffee since there is a little coffee shop in the garden.

There is also a scenic theatre which has a room for around a thousand visitors and it is mostly used for private concerts and plays. There are also lecture rooms, video room, café, and a bookshop. There are several spaces for temporary small exhibits.

In September 2008, on the eve of its 26th anniversary, CECUT opened its doors to a brand new building called "El Cubo" (The Cube), so named because of the contrast between the nickname of the OMNIMAX cinema "The Ball". This represented the very important opportunity for CECUT to start receiving International Exhibitions, and since then it has been the home for exhibitions that have traveled from other countries including Buda Guanyin, Gabriel Figueroa, Alice Rahon, Venus en Tijuana, Proyecto Civico, and Animated Painting among others.

The OMNIMAX dome (a great sand-colored sphere) with tall buildings in the background and the paved plaza in the foreground

Nowadays this important institution has different programs for all ages, since classes for early stimulation for kids around 2 months and 2 years, plastic arts and artisan workshops for children from 5 to 15 years and concerts, conferences, movies, documentaries, exhibitions, and all kind of services for the whole family to enjoy the day and spend a nice time learning.

CECUT is a short distance from the Mexico–United States border at San Ysidro, San Diego.

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