Three bell tolls will again announce the beginning of the show when the curtains go up at Havana’s emblematic Martí Theater soon.
The strokes will also signal the end of restoration works that began in 2000 and have involved thousands of specialized workers. The theater, which witnessed performances by famous Cuban actors and actresses, such as comedians Carlos Pous, Candita Quintana and Alicia Rico, was renovated by the Havana Historian Office construction company Puerto Carena.
The theater, which could only keep its façade up in 2005, was put together in detail on the basis of more or less preserved original pieces, testimony or photos. State-of-the-art stage machinery and a stage elevator have been installed, the lighting equipment are also being installed, and workers are putting the finishing touches on the building’s carpentry and outside areas, including the garden, which was expanded as well as the dressing rooms.
The theater was completely air-conditioned and a next door building was added as offices and other facilities on Zulueta Street. As in any good restoration, the original design has been respected and only essential changes were made.
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