Located on the Paseo del Prado, a boulevard that straddles Old Havana and Centro Habana, this prominent theater stands on the site where the Teatro Tacón stood for decades in a building known as the Palacio del Centro Gallego. Talented groups like the Cuban National Ballet Company, American Ballet Theatre, and Royal Winnipeg Ballet have all graced the stage, as well as performers like Ole Bull, Enrico Caruso, and Sarah Bernhardt. Even the Gran Teatro de La Habana structure is a work of art, featuring decorative sculptures by Giuseppe Moretti representing allegories of benevolence, education, music, and theater. See the impressive García Lorca Auditorium for yourself by supporting the Havana arts scene with your patronage.
Cabaret Parisien is located in the luxurious Hotel Nacional along the Malecon. The venue puts on exceptional cabaret shows every day of the week in an intimate and casual setting that's perfect for a night of fun and entertainment. The ambiance is full of energy and extremely lively and is sure to get your pulse racing. If you're looking to enjoy some great dancing by talented locals to traditional live Cuban music as well as other singing and musical performances, Cabaret Parisien is the place to be.
Located on the Rampa, this extensive cinema complex was built in the 1950s, forming part of a development known as the Radiocentro. It is the second largest cinema in Havana, offering 1464 seats divided between the main auditorium for feature films and two smaller rooms for video projections. One of the smaller rooms is run by the Instituto Cubano del Cine, which translates to the Cuban Film Institute. Cine Yara is also one of the venues used for Havana's annual Latin American Film Festival. Moviegoers will find every comfort offered here, including air conditioning.
Located within a monumental modern building, once home to The Havana Auditorium, the venue now consists of the Amadeo Roldán and García Caturla halls, offering symphonic orchestras, piano recitals, and a mixture of classical and contemporary music. This is also home to the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, and prestigious international events are held here such as the "Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra" (International Guitar Gathering).
It is named after revolutionary hero and dissident Julio Antonio Mella, assassinated in Mexico in 1929 under orders of then Cuban dictator Gerardo Machado. This is a modern building with a conventional stage and seating for 1475 attendees. It hosts a variety of shows, from cabaret to recitals as well as theatre performances. The venue is also home to the Conjunto Folklórico Nacional (National Folk Group), which organises a "peña" or folk club ever Saturday from 3pm onwards. In the theatre's foyer there is a small gallery displaying work by Tina Modotti, famous Italian photographer and communist, and companion to Julio Mella up until his premature demise. Shows: Friday-Saturday 8:30 p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m.
Formerly known as the Teatro Blanquita, and renamed after the Cuban revolution of 1959, the venue has an enormous auditorium with seating capacity of 8000 people and is generally used for big shows by stars from Cuba and abroad. The theatre is also a major concert venue for both local and international artists; singer-songwriters such as Carlos Varela, Silvio Rodríguez, and Pablo Milanés, are just a few of the great names who have graced this particular stage. More recently, this was the scene of a concert by British pop group “The Manic Street Preachers”, which included among the thousands of excited young fans none other than President Fidel Castro himself.
An ostentatious building facing Havana's central park, it occupies the site of the old theatre of the same name. The present structure was built in 1951 and has a sculpture by Cuban artist Rita Longa, entitled "La Ilusión", displayed in the main foyer. There are also relief sculptures representing the nine muses of Mount Olympus on both sides of the screen. Considered to be the largest cinema in Havana, it has a seating capacity of 1800, and is used as a venue for Havana's annual Latin American Film Festival. Shows: Daily from 12:30 p.m.