Inaugurated in 1968 and named after Guatemala’s Nobel Prize–winning author, Guatemala City ’s national theater is built on a hill once harboring the fort of San José de Buena Vista, destroyed by artillery fire during the October Revolution of 1944.
It consists of a Gran Sala (Great Theater) with a seating capacity of 2,041, an outdoor amphitheater seating 2,500, the 320-seat Teatro de Cámara (Chamber Theater), and several smaller venues.
It has some interesting architecture designed by architect Efrín Recinos, and its hilltop location overlooking the rest of the civic center gives it an air of grandeur. The center still hosts frequent events, including ballet and theater productions. Check local listings for more information.