A pair of theatres with great pedigrees and varied menus of cultural offerings
Curtain Up, Light the Lights!
Theatre mavens will find a varied playbill of options in Santa Cruz - and the two main venues for them also merit a look in and of themselves. The first is the Teatro Chico, built in 1514 on Calle Díaz Pimienta, a small but lovely Italianate structure built in a horseshoe shape on four storeys. Just as handsome in its own way is the Teatro Circo de Marte on Calle Virgen de la Luz, dating back to 1871. Originally hosting cockfights - all the rage back in the 19th century - in the 1910s it was converted into a conventional theatre. More recently closed for two decades, it reopened in 2008.