On the corner of Industria and San José streets in central Havana lies the ruins of a once grand theatre, Teatro Compoamor. Destroyed by fire decades ago, the theatre appears off limits. However, payment of a fee facilitates access.
This was Rocío and my second theatre experience on our first full day in Cuba after earlier seeing Plácido Domingo enter the nearby Great Theatre. We visited Teatro Campoamor with Japanese tourist Minami who we met at Crepe Sayu.
Once in, we explored the ruins, walking around the auditorium and climbing stairs to the balconies. Rubble and rubbish lay strewn and plants grew where moisture, dirt and light combined. The theatre also appeared to have been used for informal accommodation.
Some of the façades impressed including the theatrical mask in this story’s feature image.
Teatro Campoamor’s stairs on the stage-left side led to picturesque views of the landmark El Capitolio building.
Who knows how long the shell of Teatro Campoamor remains until either it collapses, is demolished or, wistfully, is restored to its former glory.