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Teatro Principal

 
 
Teatro Principal Marker image. Click for full size.
1. Teatro Principal Marker
The marker is now missing, but this image of the marker is provided courtesy of the INAH Mediateca. Previously the street was known as 3a Calle de Bolívar or Coliseo.
Inscription.  

Este Teatro se estrenó con la obra “Mejor está que estaba” el 25 de diciembre de 1757.
Catálogo de la Insp. Gral. de Monumentos Artísticos e Históricos.

English translation:
The Teatro Principal opened with the play “Mejor está que estaba” (It’s better than it was) on December 25, 1757.
Catalog of the Inspector General of Artistic and Historic Monuments
 
Erected by Catálogo de la Inspección General de Monumentos Artísticos e Históricos.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 19° 25.979′ N, 99° 8.303′ W. Marker was in Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México. Marker was on Calle Bolívar just south of Avenida Francisco I. Madero, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: Calle Bolívar 30, Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México 06000, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Museum and Cultural Center “El Borceguí” (a few steps from this marker);
An additional missing Teatro Principal Marker image. Click for full size.
2. An additional missing Teatro Principal Marker
This additional marker from 1955, also missing, is provided courtesy of the INAH Mediateca. It reads:

En este sitio estuvo desde el año 1753 el Teatro que primeramente llevó el nombre de Coliseo Nuevo y después Teatro Principal; se incendió y destruyó totalmente su interior el 1º de Marzo de 1931. La fachada se derribó pocos años después.
Dirección de Monumentos Coloniales. 1955

English translation:
In this place since 1753 was the theater first known as the New Colosseum and later as the Principal Theater; It burned down and its interior completely destroyed on March 1, 1931. The facade was demolished a few years later.
Office of Colonial Monuments. 1955
House of José de la Borda (within shouting distance of this marker); José de la Borda (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); House of José y Francisco Fagoaga y Villaurruña (about 90 meters away); Portal del Coliseo (about 90 meters away); House of José de Borda (about 90 meters away); Mariano Galván (was about 90 meters away but has been reported missing. ); Calle de Motolinia (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ciudad de Mexico.
 
Regarding Teatro Principal. The first play at the theater (originally known as the Coliseo Nuevo or New Colosseum) was by Spanish playwright Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600-1681).
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicColonial EraMan-Made Features
 
Teatro Principal Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, October 10, 2018
3. Teatro Principal Marker
The wording on the featured marker implies that the theater still existed at the time of its placement, although it later burned and was demolished in 1931. The building at the current site is for the Mexican Supreme Court.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 25, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 25, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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