Teatro Oliver

Llaguerry & Toribio Pagan Streets,

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Teatro Oliver

This historic theater was built as a municipal theater in order to alleviate Arecibo’s need for theatrical space as well as a place to hold town meetings and other types of gatherings. The theater was built in the historic district of urban Arecibo in 1877. Many years after the theater opened its doors to Arecibo’s inhabitants it was converted into a movie theater.

The theaters owners decided to renovate the theater and give it a more modern look. In 2001 the municipality of Arecibo realized that they needed space for the performing arts and ironically instead of building a performing arts center they opted to restore the Oliver to its beautiful original neoclassical facade. The Oliver remains open as Arecibo’s municipal theater.

Contributed by Jose Otero

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skankypepe on July 28, 2005 at 5:55 am

located on Llaguerry and Toribio Pagan streets

skankypepe on July 29, 2005 at 7:41 am

View link In this pic you can preciate how the Oliver looked when it was a movie theater in the second to last picture and on the last picture you can apreciate it as it looks today

LuisV on June 29, 2008 at 1:38 pm

Why does this show as closed when the intro says that in 2001 it was retored back to its original neo-classical appearance. It should be changed back to open.

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