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“A jewel - take in a performance or just have a look around.”

Ranked #30 of 116 things to do in Merida
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

Teatro Peon Contreras is the city’s premier theatre and is located only 2 blocks north of the main square (Zócalo). It was built in 1907 and as little as 15 years ago it was derelict and forlorn. Now it is very presentable and well-maintained (if ageing) and hosts classical music and opera concerts, plus a wide range of dance performances. Many of the events at the theatre are free.

Peon Contreras is owned by the state government, and as a result prices are subsidised. We go to the Yucatan Symphonic Orchestra, it’s biggest draw, and tickets range from $80 to $150 MXP. Even when we sit in the Gods, we have a great view. The orchestra is of a high standard and includes many foreign members, from both the US and across Europe. Performances are on Friday evenings at 9 pm, with a repeat performance on Sunday at midday. You can buy online at sinfonicadeyucatan.com.mx or at the box office, which is open from 9 to 9 and 10 to 3 at weekends. If you need to park, there are many lots; we use a place on Calle 58 between 57 & 59.

If there is no event, or you can’t make it to one, the Lobby always has small art exhibitions. Ask one of the guards if you can have a look around the auditorium, it has worked when we’ve had visitors stay. The theatre is very elegant, with its Art Deco style and broad sweeping staircases and is a prime example of why Mérida is considered the cultural capital of SE Mexico.

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Reviewed 8 November 2013

A friend's sister was in a ballet there during Mayan Cultural Festival.. The students were quite good, and the theatre was so nice (nicer than expected from outside). Decorated in Art Deco style and is like stepping back in time.
It is clean and kept quite nice.

Thank Jojotrainer
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

Many exhibits, like the current Rembrandt display, are free. Many performances are of local music, others are of dramatic performances you would be fortunate to see anywhere, anytime.

As with the free performances on the grand plaza, there is almost always a presentation of art or music in the evening and, if not free, is always reasonable for locals to attend making it a true bargain for expat retirees like us.

Unfortunately, there is almost always a line to get into the performances. Fortunately there are almost always plenty of seats for "just one or two more" people.

Thank Dave1271
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

it nice that the goverment lets the people use it to enjoy it. Got to see a school play there. Has a lot of antiques to see

Thank Moradi10
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

We had the honor of being at the Divertimento de Danza on July the 12th and It was a professional Ballet event that we attended to for free. Excellent music and performance.

Thank lajuch
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