The oldest and most beautiful theater in Mérida is named after José Peón Contreras, immortal poet, novelist, dramatist, essayist, physician, and politician of Yucatán, born in Mérida in 1843 and died in 1907. His death was just one year before the theater was inaugurated.
Inspired in the neoclassic French style, the theater was inaugurated in 1908. The project was under the care of architect Pío Piacentini, technical direction was by architect Enrico Desserti, the painting of the dome was done by Nicolás Allegretti, and the European façade was the work of Fernando Ceicola.
The theater and its façade are similar to the grand European theaters of that era. In the center of the dome is a hanging chandelier whose arms are of iridescent cut crystal. The arch of the stage has lateral columns of Corinthian style, with variations required by the construction of the building, and materials from this region and abroad, with a richly decorated interior full of space and majesty. Today the theater is the headquarters of the Yucatán Symphony Orchestra. It has its own galleries where the most outstanding artists exhibit their work.
Calle 60 x 59 y 57, Centro
Tel. (999) 924 3954, 924 3843
TEATRO ARMANDO MANZANERO
Located in Mérida’s Centro Histórico, it opened as a movie cinema in 1949. The Cine Mérida, with its luxurious lobby, was the most popular avant-garde setting in southeastern Mexico. In 1992 the theater closed; but in 2000, after a renovation done by the state government, it was reopened as a multi-use artistic space.
Today, the Teatro Armando Manzanero has three spaces equipped with state of the art technology: the main salon Arturo de Córdova with a capacity for 1200; the Cineteca Manuel Barbachano Ponce for 227 persons; and the art salon Manuel Cirero, for 101 persons.
Calle 62 #495 x 59 y 61, Centro
Tel. (999) 924 0040, 924 9990
TEATRO DANIEL AYALA PÉREZ
The Teatro Daniel Ayala Pérez was inaugurated in 1914. Its original name was Salón Jardín; later it was changed to Teatro Cine Principal. Before long, various additions were made to provide it with more functionality; it reopened with the improvements in 1916. In 1976, the state government changed the name to Daniel Ayala, in homage to this Yucatecan musician. This theater houses the bookstore Juan García Ponce, where the works of this great writer can be found along with various local, national, and international authors.
Calle 60 #495 x 59 y 61, Centro
Tel. (999) 924 0277, 928 6863