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Theaters in Bogotá (Part I): Three Unique Places to Watch Some Plays

Theaters in Bogotá

Bogotá was once called the Athens of South America because of its consistent cultural production. Amidst all the artforms, theater refuses to disappear into the background of the digital age. It remains present as a way to tell incredible stories and fantasies. Here are some of the best places theaters in Bogotá where you can enjoy a good play for a comfortable price or even for free.

Sometimes, you want to do something entertaining that puts you in a transcendental mood. In Bogotá, if you don’t want to go to the same old usual places to unwind, you can go watch theater, an art tradition that’s been present in Colombia since the first decades of the 1900’s with the playwright Luis Enrique Osorio’s books and scenic performances. The places you’ll find listed in this article in no particular order are some of the best theater locations where you can go and have some fun and engaging conversations with friends, someone in the audience, the actors, directors or, if you’re lucky, the writer of the play itself.

FUNDACIÓN GILBERTO ALZATE AVENDAÑO or FUGA

The Gilberto Alzate Avendaño Foundation’s central facility is located among La Candelaria´s colonial streets in a beautiful, expanded, old-fashioned downtown house. This institution dedicates itself to visual, musical, and scenic arts. 

Every week, its beautiful auditorium is a place where you can watch a different spectacle: theater, dance, and dance-theater are commonly seen on its weekly schedule. Here, a lot of the plays and expositions are free, but sometimes you do have to pay. The important thing is, it doesn’t matter one way or the other because the experience you’ll get will be totally worth it.

They’re open all week: Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Usually the entry is free but if not, it varies between 5.000 and 10.000 COP ($1.40 to $3 USD).

Theaters in Bogotá
Theater© Photograph by JuanGris (Lucía Estévez)

TEATRO R101

This particular theater located near Chapinero in the Quinta Camacho neighborhood is an alternative option because of its show selection. It is run by an excellent team of artists and art teachers working to bring you the most entertaining plays you’ll see around town while maintaining a different, authentic, and stunning perspective on Bogotá’s everyday life. Its facility is a big old warm house with a waiting room and a coffee shop.

They are open all week but the weekly schedule changes depending on the plays they will be showing. Evenings and nights are the go-to options for watching a smart and funny play. Like in FUGA, the community at Teatro R101 is normally open to talking and hanging out after the show. The entry varies between free and 5.000 to 20.000 COP ($1.40 to $5.70 USD). Sometimes it can cost a little more. 

Theaters in Bogotá
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TEATRO OCCIDENTE

Teatro Occidente is located downtown, inside the Residencias Colón building next to the Colpatria tower (one of the tallest buildings in the country). It is made up of a team of art teachers and artists giving their all to take theater art to a new place in history. Here, you will see several of the most experimental plays in Bogotá that’ll keep you and your friends talking and thinking about the artistic experiences you’re witnessing on stage. This is one of my personal favorites.

Usually, their opening times are evenings and nights all week, but that can change. The entry is sometimes paid and ranges from 10.000 to 25.000 COP ($3 to $7 USD) but sometimes it’s free.

If you want to have an unforgettable performing arts experience without breaking the bank, you can’t miss these three theaters in Bogotá.  

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