The 1,140-seat National Theatre of Costa Rica (Spanish: Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica) is Costa Rica's national theatre, located in the central section of San José. Construction began in 1891, and it opened to the public on 21 October 1897 with a performance of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust.
The National Theatre stood as a cultural asset of the country during a time when coffee exports were a source of its success. It presents high quality performances, with artistic criteria being very high.
Stefan Gaal | Jan 15, 2018
Not a building that would catch your eyes on the street, but the interior didn't fail to impress me. The National Theater is not just beautiful, but also haves a great history. It's basically the pride of the city, it's the place where visiting presidents dine, as the theater room can be transformed into a ballroom. Guided tour haves a lot of interesting information, but I really disliked the attitude of the guide.
Douglas Solano | Mar 1, 2018
Just visited after many years, beautiful architecture but definitely needs a facelift on the front, since is a Historic building I know it's going to be a difficult process.
Ashwani Verma | Jan 1, 2018
Great place for history. English speaking guide was bit cocky.. Everytime you ask him question which is kind of reassuring the fact will come out "yes, exactly as I just explained" seems like he is discouraging us to ask any question .. The picture in the center hall roof is so amazing that it seem following you and rotates itself.. Makes me to give 3 star .. Everything else is average.
Luka Panourgia | Feb 22, 2018
We have seen frankenstein. It was Top performance for me. Complex, top class choreography!
Luis Felipe Murillo | Jan 14, 2018
Incredible place! Absolutely loved it! The price is very low for the amazing experience that the National Theater offers, from every perspective this is one of the best experience s you can have in Costa Rica. A must when you visit. I would compare it as a small version of the insides of Versace or the Summer Palace of Saint Petersburg.
Sarah Spiker | Mar 12, 2018
Beautiful building that makes you just step back in time. Performance of Dracula was eerie and intriguing. Would definitely return on future trips to Costa Rica. A word of caution, if you purchase tickets online, you may not get a confirmation as you are used to. Our pending charges on our credit card "disappeared" entirely then came back after a day as finalized. In that interim, we worried they had been cancelled and purchased another set of tickets. We ended up with two sets. Picked tickets up at will call.
Catherine Cohen | Mar 28, 2018
Had a private tour (a stroke of luck being the only English speaker on the tour) and had a change to practice my Spanish and learn about Costa Rican history. I am not a history buff but enjoyed learning about the building immensely and really enjoyed my tour guide.
Paco Serrano | Apr 16, 2018
The tour is worth it, you get to see different areas of the theater and history of it. It's truly beautiful inside
Keith Fail | May 9, 2018
Wonderful historic theater. Great productions. Seats in balconies have pillars that you must lean around to see the stage.
Valerie A | Jun 17, 2018
Affordable prices. I recommend a visit to a ballet or opera to enjoy the theater. Very nice inside. A bit warm so bring a hand fan.
Grenas Inc | Jun 23, 2018
What an awesome peice of history. A must see location. The history, the details, the beauty. The location is well maintain... the theater is lar and u can walk around.
Fressy Holsome | Jul 3, 2018
Le pongo una estrella por el trato tan descortes que nos dieron. Parqueamos en San José centro el Lunes 18 de Junio y por seguridad, yo no cargaba nada más que mi dinero y llaves en la bolsa del pantalón. Al llegar al Teatro al último tour del dia, alrededor de las 4pm. llegue a pagar por mi y mis hijas los 4.500 colones (1.500 cada una) precio de nacionales. El señor de la boleteria me pidió mi cédula. Yo le dije que había dejado mi cartera en el carro y que no la tenía conmigo. Me respondió que si no enseñaba mi cédula me tenía que cobrar como extranjera. Le pedí hablar con el supervisor .. y me dijo que era el. Eran ya las 4pm.. No nos daba tiempo de caminar hasta el parqueo y devolvernos. El Tour empezaba a las 4pm. Ya mis hijas estaban emocionadas de entrar. Como es posible que a una tica como yo... con el gallo pinto pegado en la frente le hayan cobrado como extranjera la suma de 16.500 colones por entrar a un tour... aparte de corto muy sin gysto los comentarios de la señorita encargada del recorrido. Me cobraron 5.500 por cada una de nosotras por llegar sin cédula. Llame al día siguiente al Teatro y nadie me pudo dar ni explicación ni ayudarme. Alguien me puede decir si esto es normal... el trato que nos dieron?
Edwin Marchan | Jul 12, 2018
A true Testament to the arts, a product of the grand era of coffee production a lot of history under this roof in between these walls amazing facts about the theater is at the floor can be raised entirely made of wood make sure you get a guided tour and definitely go to the cafe at the theater a must-visit for anyone coming to San Jose
Jina Kim | Jul 7, 2018
Beautiful place albeit a short look around, the tour will hit about 4 spots around the theater and last about 30 mins. You can find all the information on the pamphlet. Entrance fee is 15 dollars.
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