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Quito’s most special and elegant theater… make sure to see what’s playing (or who’s performing)!

In 1879, by order of President Ignacio de Veintimilla, the construction of the “National Theater” began, a theatre that would later take the name of Independence hero Mariscal Antonio José de Sucre. Veintimilla’s order was, in fact, the exclusive request of her niece Marieta, an dominant voice in Quito politics and society, who even replaced her uncle as president when he would (frequently) leave the country. She is remembered as the woman with most power in all Ecuadorian history. The monument was built with plans of the German architect Frank Schimdt and was inaugurated on November 25, 1886 with a musical presentation by the then renowned French pianist Captain Voyer, accompanied by the National Orchestra.

In 1900, restoration was necessary, in which Schimdt himself was back in charge. The tympanum, that decorates the structure magnanimously with its gold relief, was constructed by him, and the figure that resembles a shell on top of the triangular pediment is actually Marieta de Veintimilla herself, nicknamed by so many Quiteños “La Generalita”, the “Little General”.

Today, almost 140 years later, Teatro Sucre remains the most emblematic performing arts venue in the city, and its Fundación Teatro Sucre produces and coordinates some of the city’s most important festivals, including the Sacred Music Festival and the Quito Jazz Festival, which brings to the city the finest international artists.

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