Buenos Aires is one of the capitals with most theatrical movement in the world. With more than 200 stages, the city offers a wide variety of shows from all genres, mainly located in theaters of Avenida Corrientes.
Avenida Corrientes is famous for three characteristic elements: bookshops, pizzerias or theatres. This time, we invite you to know some of the more than 200 stages located on this avenue, also known as “porteña Broadway”. With shows that can be compared to those in London or New York, Buenos Aires offers a great number of all kinds of shows.
You will find from commercial super productions, to avant-garde and experimentation plays typical of independent or off theaters
After 8 p.m., theater banners begin to light up the area of Corrientes, between Callao and Florida streets, inviting you to surrender to the rhythm of the nightlife until after midnight.
The tour begins in Paseo La Plaza, in Corrientes 1660, a cultural and commercial complex offering five theaters, shops and different bars and restaurants to choose from. The architecture of the space, like a miniature city, is famous for its winding halls, its labyrinth-like stairs, slopes, bridges and columns, as well as trees and plants all over the structure. Its five theaters offer plays from prestigious directors and authors, with well-known local actors. Moreover, it has other three spaces: The Cavern, Espacio Colette and Terraza Teatro Bar- devoted to music shows and stand up shows.
Opened in 1960, San Martín theater is one of the main cultural spots in the city. Whether you are an intellectual or fan of the contemporary drama, you cannot miss it and find out different times of plays and exhibitions. The building, located at Corrientes 1530, has a rationalist-contemporary style and has the distinctive modern feature of its guide. It is built on a covered area of 30,000 square meters housing different theatre rooms, workshops and dressing rooms. The theater rooms, sorted from more to less spectators of the theater are: Sala Martín Coronado, Casacuberta and Cunill Cabanellas. Leopoldo Lugones room is devoted to independent cinema. The complex offers contemporary dance shows and different spaces devoted to art exhibitions.
Two blocks away from San Martín theater, at Corrientes 1343, you will find Metropolitan Citi which, together with the options offered, is famous for the facade style and art decó with rationalist interior, restored in 2013. From the opposite block, you will see that the building looks like a small skycraper, not from its height, but because it is crowned with a stepped tower extending to a lightning rod. Both rooms offer dramas, comedies, children’s, and musical comedies directed and starred by well-known local artists.
Crossing 9 de Julio Avenue and a few meters away from the Obelisk, on Corrientes 960, El Nacional theatre is one of the most famous theaters in Buenos Aires. Among its historical milestones, in 1933 Carlos Gardel sang for the last time on a stage. Reopened in 2000 after being destroyed by a fire in 1982, El Nacional nowadays offers big musical shows.
Ópera Allianz is one of the most beautiful and luxurious theaters in the city. Reopened on several occasions after remodeling, its art decó style is inspired in Rex Cinema of Paris. Its room holds 2,500 spectators and many famous international artists have performed on its stage, such as Ava Gardner, Edith Piaf and Mina Mazzini, among others. With a magnificent glass facade and a luminous neon banner at Corrientes 860, nowadays the theater is a space chosen by singers and music bands to introduce their works. Several musical shows have been presented here: Los Miserables, Chicago, La Novia Rebelde, Mamma Mía! and Los Locos Adams.
Gran Rex curtain welcomes the most famous local and international artists since 1937. With a room holding more than 3,200 spectators, it is considered one of the big cultural stadiums of the city. Located on Corrientes 857, just opposite its counterpart, Ópera Allianz, almost like a competitive affront. This building was designed by Alberto Prebisch, the same architect who built the Obelisk, and it is famous for its modern and rationalist style, with sober and elegant details. The design of the main room arranged with overlapped plated wooden stripes is inspired in Radio City of New York. It offers massive music shows.
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