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In the intermediation of José Martí and Cristóbal Colón streets, in the western province of Pinar del Río, stands a majestic building that is the ideal place to enjoy the dramatic art, dance and music in Vueltabajo.

Recognized for its exceptional acoustics, Milanes Theater is one of the oldest in Cuba and Latin America. Founded in 1839 under the name of “Lope de Vega”, it was a site of obligatory reference for the development of gatherings during the nineteenth century. Years later, this architectonic jewel of the city of Pinar del Río changed its name to “Jose Jacinto Milanés”, to pay homage to the illustrious poet from Matanzas province.

The building of eclectic style, attracts people because of its suggestive decorations in metal and wood, and the impressive arrangement of its steps in a single block. Currently, it has a main room with a capacity for 540 people and a patio with Seville style called “La Piscula”, with a stage for coffee-concert and a bar.

Renowned artists such as Rita Montaner, Bola de Nieve, Omara Portuondo, Carlos Acosta and Alicia Alonso have offered their art in the majestic stage of the Milanes Theater. It also hosted the filming of important scenes of the well-known Cuban film La Bella del Alhambra.

This relic of national eclecticism is the usual venue for the performances of artists from the patio, such as, The Lyric Theater Company “Ernesto Lecuona”, the “Titirivida” Group and the “Danzaire” Company.

With daily activities and a varied program, “Milanes” is an excellent night option for lovers of elegance and the performing arts.

by: Victor Manuel Blanco