One of the important entertainment halls of XXth-century Quito is today a brand-new performing arts stage and theater with state-of-the-art technology.
Built by architect Giacomo Radioconcini in 1908, and initially known as Teatro Samaniego, today’s Teatro Capitol was witness to the birth of modern Quito, offering movies, a new means of entertainment for Quiteños in the mid-XXth-century. An entire network of cinemas boomed and remained strong for half a century or more. These little by little fell into a profound state of deterioration that hit rock bottom by the 1990s, as modern multi-hall cinema complexes of north Quito took the spotlight. The Capitol was one of the most special movie houses back in the day, with stoic white columns at the entrance, located in front of beautiful Alameda Park. After being used briefly as a church, and through an important municipal restoration intervention, Teatro Capitol returns from the ashes, with new infrastructure, a mobile platform, a 12-square-meter stage… and has become an up-and-coming venue for high quality performing arts in the city.