The National Theater of Costa Rica is considered to be the best historical building in the capital of San Jose. It is known throughout the hemisphere for its exquisite interior and exterior, which includes its luxurious furnishings, interior features and artwork.
This year, Stonecraft Costa Rica has been carrying out a major exterior renovation that focuses on the building's ornate windows that have been deteriorating for some time. This includes, but is not limited to, removing heavy stone window components and making accurate duplicates of the original work. The highest quality stone from Costa Rican quarries has been carefully selected.
The Theater is located in the central section of San Jose. Its original construction began in 1891, and was opened to the public on October 21, 1897. It was the major cultural asset of the country at a time when coffee was the country's predominant export. The venue now presents world class performances, with very high artistic criteria.
The Theater building has a neoclassical façade with columns that are flanked by statues of Beethoven and the famous 17th century Spanish playwright Calderón de la Barca. The building's luxurious marble lobby and auditorium are filled with paintings representing different facets of 19th century life.