Teatro Yaguez, Mayaguez

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The Teatro Yagüez in Puerto Rico is a historic building that today is a performing arts theater. It is located at Candelaria Street,(formerly Calle McKinley) and Dr. Basora Streets, in the city of Mayagüez. It consists of the Lucy Boscana Hall and the Roberto Cole Cafe Theater.HistoryIt was originally erected by Francisco Maymón Palmer in 1909. Mr. Maymón's parents emigrated to Puerto Rico from Italy in the 19th century. They settled in the town of San German. Early in the 20th century Francisco tried to build a theatre in the town of San German but was unable due to the existing religious culture then, which considered a theatre as a "bad influence' on the local population. Maymón was an entrepreneur by vocation, having travelled to Europe and the United States in his 20s, and he would not be stopped. He moved to the nearby city of Mayaguez where he established himself as one of the pioneers of the industry of cinematography in the island of Puerto Rico, introducing this new form of Visual Art early in the beginning of the 20th century by showing silent films throughout the nearby towns and becoming the exclusive distributor for 'Nicholas Power Co.' movie projectors throughout the Caribbean islands. The 'Nicholas Power Company' was located in New York. With the help of his business partners Mr. Jose Rahola and Mr. Fundador Vargas, he imported movies from the Pathé Company in Europe, showing them in town centers (plazas) under the stars and at the old Mayaguez Municipal Theater ('Teatro Municipal'). The latter no longer exists, as it was destroyed in the 1918 earthquake that hit the city and was never rebuilt, hence the Teatro Yagüez became the city's preferred gathering place for opera, plays, concerts, and silent movies.
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  • Majestic theater. Excellent seats in the first floor. The play, Same time, next year was awesome. Excellent actors. The air conditioning system was not working well.  more »
  • I went to this place because somebody invite me for a show. Amazing theater. I love it very good acoustic. Looks antique with the balcony  more »
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  • Nice show in a nice place. Seating is not bad although missing numbers confuse the audience. I think a sound check prior to show would be helpful as sometime the sound was too loud. You have an view from most of the sitting areas. Now let's talk about the lighting...just one thing. There is a powerful light that does not have to be aimed at the audience. It hurts the eyes. Other then that a fairly good experience. Thank you for letting me share.
  • Nice place. However it needs a renovation. Ceiling is starting to have problems , clearly seen on the third floor.
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