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Teatro Nacional

Avda. Catedral B, 2nd., Panama City, Panama
+507 262-3525
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This gorgeous and majestic National Theater was built in the early 20th century, and still retains its elegant charm. Today, its stage hosts classical music, theater and dance performances—and they’re incredibly affordable. If you can’t make one of the performances, at least make time to check out the beautifully restored and preserved space. 
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Avda. Catedral B, 2nd., Panama City, Panama
+507 262-3525
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Teatro Nacional is a neoclassical building made by the italian architect Genaro Ruggieri in 1908, who was in charge of designing a few buildings of that time in Panama like Palacio Municipal. Teatro Nacional is currently under renovations inside, but you can see its facade...More

Thank PanamanianWanderlust
Reviewed 3 July 2017

This is a beautiful old building in Casco Viejo. This is a definite must visit if you're in the area.

Thank KayleeShepheard
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Although not open the architecture was worthwhile seeingIt was built by an Italian architect in 1905-1907.

Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 1 January 2017

Located in Casco Viejo --- we were only able to see the exterior because the theater was shut down last year due to structural problems. Local newspaper said that it is supposed to reopen to the public sometime in 2018.

8  Thank rollngstone
Reviewed 30 May 2016

The old part of Panama City, known locally (and on TripAdvisor) as Casco Viejo, is brimming with beautiful old buildings which are bedecked in flags and well-maintained. We thoroughly enjoyed our stroll around the area with a self-guided walking tour we found on the internet....More

1  Thank seagullrob
Reviewed 26 April 2016

It's a beautiful historic building, but needs a little bit of work. Hopefully they will take this building and renovate it to it's older glory. Worth a walk by if you're in Old town

1  Thank Bernardo F
Reviewed 30 August 2015 via mobile

This building was closed when i tried to visit but its in very bad shape and you can tell it needs lot of work. Lot of maintenance is required in order to have an amazing theather.

Thank Fofiex
Reviewed 14 May 2015

I have visited Teatro nacional twice during the past five years for the Danilio Perez Jazz Festival award events. The first time I sat in the balacony on the third level. These seats were not designed for a person over 6' tall. This past January...More

1  Thank BigDogPanama
Reviewed 29 April 2015

El Teatro Nacional or the National Theater is located in the Casco Viejo neighborhood. If it's open do take the time to walk in a marvel the beautiful architecture and artwork. I had the pleasure of visiting the Theater for Panama City's International Film Festival....More

2  Thank Kristin F
Reviewed 19 April 2015

I always walk by here, and one day, I stopped inside. It was so nice inside, I can't wait to return to Panama and see a production here. Multi-level boxes inside, it looked so ornate. The reason I always walk by here is the water...More

Thank Randy K
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