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“What a wonder in the heart of Fortaleza!”

Jose de Alencar Theater
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: It was officially inaugurated on June 17, 1910 and features eclectic architecture, an art nouveau showroom, a 120-seat auditorium, foyer, open-air stage space, and the two-thousand-square-foot annex building that houses the Performing Arts (CENA); the Teatro Morro do Ouro, with capacity for 90 people; the plaza Mestre Pedro Boca Rica, with outdoor stage and capacity for 600 people; the Carlos Câmara Library; the Galeria Ramos Cotôco; four study and trial rooms; assembly, lighting and lighting workshops; the Ceará Dance College and the Theater Direction College of the Dragon Sea Institute; the Eleazar de Carvalho Chamber Orchestra; and the Basic Principles of Theater Course.
Reviewed 19 May 2014

I must agree with previous reviewers that this site is very badly organised and the staff lack training. However, I would not dismiss it too quickly as it is a true wonder in this very odd city. The theatre is currently undergoing restoration as it has completed 104 years of existence. This seems to me of great importance in a city that has very few cultural sites. The main room boasts a wonderful painted ceiling and for that alone it is worth a visit. Highly recommended, especially when the works are completed in June 2014 (estimated).

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Reviewed 7 January 2014

Very bad organisation and service but worth visiting. The place itself is very interesting bud you will need patience and a generous attitude with misinformation about programs and schedule.

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Reviewed 29 October 2013

Im not a big fan of those kind of thing normally, but that teatre is nice and worth good there for a little tour.

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Reviewed 16 September 2013

Beautiful theater, but lacks preservation. Visit it with a guide (costs about US$ 2). And watch out the place, Fortaleza's downtown can be dangerous, especially if you are alone.

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Reviewed 12 July 2013

If you are visiting the city of Fortaleza on a cruise ship be prepared for bus loads of passengers at the theatre and only a handful of other tourists.That aside, it was wonderful to see this showy building with a fusion of Victorian classical and Art Nouveau architecture. Our guide took us through the entry gates which is a separate structure (also beautiful) before taking us to the theatre itself.

The striking external features are the bold coloured glass windowpanes sitting atop the theatre and dominate the building from most angles. In contrast the graceful, pastel wrought iron work on the first floor balustrade, the side stairs and a much simpler wrought iron effect on the second level is a reminder of a genteel past - made in Scotland.

The inside is a ‘masterpiece’ of artwork and opulence. Look up to the ceiling that exhibits delicate, plaster frescoes & figures, beautiful artwork, a painted relief above the stage and a continuation of wrought iron balustrades that encircle the seating tiers.The cane seating adds a tropical touch to an otherwise ostentatious interior and one wonders whether they would be comfortable during a performance.

Outside you can wander in the ‘formal’ garden and it was quite pleasant after the heat inside the theatre. Entry was included in our ship’s tour however, it costs around $4.00 otherwise. Restrooms are very hygienic, clean and located around from the entryway. If you are in the city centre then you can’t miss the coloured glass and theatre name from the adjacent park. Regular performances are scheduled especially at weekends – you may be lucky to be there for one.

Enjoy your experience!

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