This wonderful theater rises from the ashes after a terrible fire that burned it to the ground. Today, it is one of Quito’s most dynamic venues!
The Teatro Bolivar is one of the most enigmatic theatres in Quito. It was inaugurated, in all its Art Déco glory, in 1933 and remained for decades one of Quito’s premiere venues for theatre, dance, music and film, but the theatre suffered a tragic fire in 1999, which destroyed nearly 70% of its area. However, the Fundación Teatro Bolivar helped the theatre rise from its ashes, and received important funding from the World Monuments Fund to complete its restoration. It still reveals the scars of the fire, which actually offer the venue a unique personality. You can find excellent La Purísima restaurant and Galleti, a fine café to grab a drink. The theatre hosts the highest levels of national and international cultural events, whether music, dance, theatre, film, fashion shows, conferences, seminar, or painting and photography exhibitions. The theatre also provides great dramatized guided tours and the iconic Wonder Bar 1933, located in the mezzanine of the theatre, with music events and more.