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Address: Avda. Catedral B, 2nd., Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: +507 262-3525
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

This gorgeous and majestic National Theater was built in the early 20th...

This gorgeous and majestic National Theater was built in the early 20th century, and still retains its elegant charm. Today, its stage hosts classical music, theater and dance performances—and they’re incredibly affordable. If you can’t make one of the performances, at least make time to check out the beautifully restored and preserved space. 

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Another beautiful building

The old part of Panama City, known locally (and on TripAdvisor) as Casco Viejo, is brimming with beautiful old buildings which are bedecked in flags and well-maintained. We... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 May 2016
Brisbane, Queensland
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Brisbane, Queensland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

The old part of Panama City, known locally (and on TripAdvisor) as Casco Viejo, is brimming with beautiful old buildings which are bedecked in flags and well-maintained. We thoroughly enjoyed our stroll around the area with a self-guided walking tour we found on the internet. One of the stops is the magnificent 100 year old National Theatre building. I understand... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

It's a beautiful historic building, but needs a little bit of work. Hopefully they will take this building and renovate it to it's older glory. Worth a walk by if you're in Old town

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015 via mobile

This building was closed when i tried to visit but its in very bad shape and you can tell it needs lot of work. Lot of maintenance is required in order to have an amazing theather.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2015

I have visited Teatro nacional twice during the past five years for the Danilio Perez Jazz Festival award events. The first time I sat in the balacony on the third level. These seats were not designed for a person over 6' tall. This past January I again visited but this time I paid extra to be seated in one of... More 

Thank BigDogPanama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2015

El Teatro Nacional or the National Theater is located in the Casco Viejo neighborhood. If it's open do take the time to walk in a marvel the beautiful architecture and artwork. I had the pleasure of visiting the Theater for Panama City's International Film Festival. While planning for your visit to Panama City be on the lookout for performances using... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2015

I always walk by here, and one day, I stopped inside. It was so nice inside, I can't wait to return to Panama and see a production here. Multi-level boxes inside, it looked so ornate. The reason I always walk by here is the water is close and there are several nice mansions nearby including of a famous singer. Once,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2015

If you are already visiting Casco Viejo stop by and take a look. Beautiful architecture and very well preserved. It's located close to a charming plaza with several trendy restaurants.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2014

We had some major luck being able to go inside the Teatro Nacional. It is usually closed, but due to a dance recital getting over, we were able to go inside with our tour guide (while doing a city tour). Really really pretty!! Looks like it should be in a movie. Glad we got to see it. Ive traveled a... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2014

You should try to find out what activities are taking place at the Teatro, it is worth seing it when there is a clasical music concert or a play. If you get cold easily make sure to bring a jacket. Dont forget to look up at the ceiling, an amazing fresco paint of our panamienian Robert Lewis decorates it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2014

My daughter had a kindergarten play performed here so I did not expect much. Wow was I impressed. Very well kept up theatre with a very old world feel. Balcony seats were great, but it appeared there isn't a bad seat in the house.

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