We came here to see Las Nuevas Tamaleras, a bilingual play that is performed every year during the holiday season. The theatre itself is small, and is a renovated 1940s movie theater. Acoustics were good. We were sitting near the back and were able to hear the dialogue. It is difficult to see if you sit further back, as there isn’t that much of a slant to the floor. It would be fine for looking up at a movie screen, but it’s harder to see the stage. I’d suggest sitting in a side section near the aisle rather than in the center if you are not sitting near the front. The arts center also hosts other performing arts, film screenings, visual art exhibitions, literary events, and other cultural activities. It’s a really good use for the repurposed buildings that house it. Outside, there is a very large mosaic of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the shape of a votive candle by San Antonio artist Jesse Trevino. He is the same artist that did the “Spirit of Healing” mosaic on the side of the Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital. At forty feet, it is the largest mosaic of the Virgin Mary in the world. It’s very well done and features the eagle with snake in its beak and cactus from the story of the founding of Tenochtitlan (later Mexico City) on either side of the candle.
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