and joy. These foundations symbolically embody a growing. Today,
in the middle of the centenary celebrations of the Teatro National the
same pride and magnificence remains untouched by time.
||ne hundred years have gone by since the first stones were placed for
what is today a major item of Costa Rican pride
As in a creative process that produces a masterpiece once all the right
elements are joined, the National Theater became, for turn-of-the-century
Costa Ricans, the missing piece that made all the parts of their cultural
experience come to life. With dances and dinners in which ladies and gentlemen
chatted and admired paintings and sculptures, this coliseum of art crowned
the lights and magnificence of the capital city of San José. Costa
Rica celebrated the opening of their long-awaited theater, just as current-day
Costa Ricans delighted when restorations were finished after the theater
was damaged by seismic activity in 1990.
The National Theater is the main arena for history, legends and memories
that have been mingling long after the first spectators crowded the beautifully
decorated hall. To the rise and fall of the theaterís curtain, Costa Rica
experienced many of its major changes, immersing the National Theater in
the chronicles of its people.