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Jose de Alencar Theater

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Neighbourhood: City Center
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Address: Rua Liberato Barroso 525 | Praça José de Alencar, Fortaleza, State of Ceara 60030-160, Brazil
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+55 85 3101 2583
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 23:00
Sat 14:00 - 23:00

As colorful and ornate as this theater is on the outside, it’s equally...

As colorful and ornate as this theater is on the outside, it’s equally interesting on the inside, with a frescoed ceiling, woven cane chairs and decorative wrought iron railings.

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Beautiful historic theatre

If you happen to be in Fortaleza, make a visit to this historic theatre, it is most unusual, beautiful and interesting. You can enter through the ticket area into an open plaza... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Anthony S
Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you happen to be in Fortaleza, make a visit to this historic theatre, it is most unusual, beautiful and interesting. You can enter through the ticket area into an open plaza and then right into the theatre itself, a most unusual location. Outside is a fenced garden used during interval.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Remarkable theatre, the guided tour is essential to appreciate its history. Unfortunally it seams the tour is only available in Portuguese, but you should ask at the entrance. The price for the tour is low and even if you don´t speak Portuguese you can tag along and appreciate its interior.

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Pompano Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016

Our ship docked at an industrial pier about 5 miles from the city center. Shuttle buses were provided into the town where there are available taxis but only a few have A/C or English speaking drivers. We were forewarned that some issues involving criminal activity should act as a "caution" to be alert. We opted to take a ship's tour... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

I must agree with previous reviewers that this site is very badly organised and the staff lack training. However, I would not dismiss it too quickly as it is a true wonder in this very odd city. The theatre is currently undergoing restoration as it has completed 104 years of existence. This seems to me of great importance in a... More 

1 Thank Paola B
Sao Paulo, SP
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

Very bad organisation and service but worth visiting. The place itself is very interesting bud you will need patience and a generous attitude with misinformation about programs and schedule.

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Salvador, BA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013

Im not a big fan of those kind of thing normally, but that teatre is nice and worth good there for a little tour.

1 Thank MAnt0ine
Jaboatão, Pernambuco, Brazil
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2013

Beautiful theater, but lacks preservation. Visit it with a guide (costs about US$ 2). And watch out the place, Fortaleza's downtown can be dangerous, especially if you are alone.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2013

If you are visiting the city of Fortaleza on a cruise ship be prepared for bus loads of passengers at the theatre and only a handful of other tourists.That aside, it was wonderful to see this showy building with a fusion of Victorian classical and Art Nouveau architecture. Our guide took us through the entry gates which is a separate... More 

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Salvador, BA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2012

The theater hosted the opening ceremony of an important event, so it was possible to walk through the place, see its many balconies, sit on its straw chairs, and watch an orchestra and a choir, just to realize the acoustics could have been much better. Anyway, the place is really beautiful, and deserves to be visited, because of its remarkable... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2012

The theater is interesting but need urgent restauration. I am so sorry but the place coul be better.

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