The front of the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar has received a 75 million-colon facelift. That’s about $141,000. This is the structure that stands facing the north side of Parque Central in a place that still can be considered the center of the city. This is another restoration job by the Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.
Much of the job is not seen well from the street. Gutters and downspouts have been replaced and windows and doors have been repaired or replaced, too. The big change is the paint job.
Verónica Solórzano, the architect involved, said that the painting was designed so that some features of the building stand out. There are a lot of ornamentation as well as two Muses. She said 60 percent of the window frames were replaced in the theater. The base of the building was painted brown.
There has been a theater on the site for 88 years. But in 1967, the structure was destroyed by fire. The theater was rebuilt in the 1970s.