Ruben Dario National Theater, Performing Arts, Theatres

Located in the city of Managua is an important gathering point for cultural events in Nicaragua: the Rubén Darío National Theater. Named for the famed Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío, this theater is an important center for the performing arts. It features musical performances, theater productions and visual art displays. Not only does the Rubén Darío Theater present fine performances, but it also houses an art exhibition of top sculptors and painters from around the country. Certainly, if you are looking for an evening of entertainment in Managua, the Rubén Darío National Theater is the place to go.

Rubén Darío was born Felix Ruben Garcia Sarmiento on 18 January 1867 in Metapa, later renamed Ciudad Dario in his honor. A very talented young man, he began producing poetry at the age of 12. Although he faced various obstacles, Rubén Darío was always a prolific and meaningful writer. Darío received great recognition across Latin America and Spain for his outstanding works. Sadly, he died at the age of 49. Some of his masterpieces include “Cantos de Vida y Esperanza”, “Prosas Profanas”, “Primeras Notas”, “Otonales” and Azul.

As a respected literary figure it is no wonder that a theater was named after Rubén Darío. The Rubén Darío National Theater is considered Central America’s most modern facility. This fine theater sees performances, concerts and exhibitions by local and foreign artists. Rubén Darío Theater was opened in 1969 and managed to survive the earthquake of 1972. The impressive building consists of numerous halls and rooms for various events. Its lobby is large and stylish. Here is where fashion shows, art displays, conferences and other smaller events are hosted. The theater’s Main Hall boasts 1,200 seats, exceptional acoustics and top facilities. Renowned dancers, actors, musicians and singers have performed here. Located on the second floor is the stunning Crystal Room with its exquisite crystal chandeliers, adding sparkle to any event. This room is specially designed for art exhibitions and has ideal lighting for this.

Tickets for performances at the Rubén Darío National Theater are usually not expensive and are well worth it. You can purchase your tickets ahead of time from the theater itself. Visit the theater or its website to find out what events will be taking place. As this is a rather prestigious venue, certain regulations are in place. Be sure to remember that no children under the age of 4 years are permitted inside; the doors are shut 15 minutes following the start of a performance; shorts and slippers are not permitted. For a top cultural experience make sure you attend at least one event at the Rubén Darío National Theater.

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