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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Camagüey-based Theater Undergoes Comprehensive Restoration Process

Camagüey, Nov 12.- The historic Avellaneda Theater, a landmark building in the city of Camagüey, is undergoing a complete remodelling, architect Wilfredo Rodríguez told Prensa Latina news agency today.

According to Rodríguez this century-long playhouse (opened on May 13, 1913) was considered to be one of the most luxurious buildings of this kind in the island nation and it bears the name of writer Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, a harbinger of the Hispanoamerican Novel in the 19th century.

The semicircular arches of its façade are a characteristic trait of this building, located in the historical core of the city of Camagüey, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008.

Rodríguez told this reporter that the historic theatre closed its doors in the 1980’s and reopened them in 2006 to host the National Theater Festival, but not for so long.

He explained that the building was in a dilapidated state so it was crucial to fully remodel its hall, its dressing rooms and its projection box, as well as all its doors and frameworks.  

In addition, furniture will be replaced and a new air-conditioning system will be mounted. The repair also includes replacing seats and old gears of the stage as well as old pipes and its sewage and electrical systems.   
The playhouse, that will be reopened in 2014 to mark the 200th anniversary of Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda’s birth, will feature 600 seats and extraordinary acoustic conditions. (Lázaro David Najarro (@davidnajarro) / PL)