José Peón Contreras Theatre

This neo-classic style building was designed by Italian architects, built at the beginning of the 20th C., It was named after the Yucatecan poet, novelist, playwright, doctor, and politician José Peón Contreras (1843-1907). It’s hard to believe that it was once home to a gas station as well as other businesses before becoming a place for theatrical and artistic activities in 1984. It is home to the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra, which although we are not regular symphony kind of people, we try and at least attend one concert each winter in Merida. It gives us the chance to dress up and listen to some extremely talented musicians.

The chandelier in the theatre is made up of cut crystal containing 250 lights and weighing 750 kilograms. After a good look at the wire holding it up, I was pleased not to be seated under it.

The theatre can seat 700 people

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