Theatro Pedro II and Meira Júnior, Ribeirão Preto, State of San Paulo, Brazil
The Theatro Pedro II is a large theater located in the city of Ribeirão Preto , state of São Paulo, first class for symphonic music and opera , with a capacity for 1588 spectators and a total area of 6500 m².
The city still lived on the richness of coffee when João Meira Junior, then president of Companhia Cervejeira Paulista, dreamed of erecting a great theater inspired by the most famous Parisian opera house. Under the baton of Hippolyto Gustavo Pujol Junior, a renowned architect of the early 20th century, construction began in 1928 and had to be cheapened due to the crash in the New York Stock Exchange, which occurred the following year.
Even so, the Theatro Pedro II debuted in style in 1930 with an audience of 2 500 spectators, and became the stage of great artistic productions, many of them brought from Europe. Then came the times of decadence: reforms demarcated the original lines of the building, and pompous spectacles gave way to bingo and cinema activities. In the most tragic episode of the plot, on July 15, 1980, the interior of the construction of 6,500 square meters was reduced to ashes by a fire started during the screening of The Three Musketeers Trapalhões.
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