Angela Peralta Theater
This majestic cultural and historical site has stood the test of time and has endured to once again take “center stage” with all its glamour and grace as one of the most important theater venues in the Northwest of Mexico.
The Ángela Peralta Theater – originally named Teatro Rubio – first opened its doors on February 14, 1874, though it wasn’t officially inaugurated until February 6, 1881, on its completion. Once inaugurated, the theater enjoyed an era of grand splendor, until a fateful evening when opera legend Ángela Peralta failed to appear on stage due to a case of yellow fever. The opera legend died shortly thereafter in 1883. The Teatro Rubio subsequently also began its decline and transformation. After a stint as a venue for boxing matches and carnival balls, it was later repurposed as a movie house in 1943 and changed its name to honor its fallen star, Ángela Peralta.
The theater’s storied history of decline continued through the 1960’s and ’70’s, when it was practically abandoned. By 1985, the theater fell under risk of being demolished. Fortunately, thanks to a group of noble Mazatlecans who vowed to rescue the historical building and return it to its prior glory, this historical landmark lived to see another day. In 1987, intent on breathing a new cultural life into the property, the Mazatlecan visionaries staged a concert among its ruins, reclaiming its birth rite as the cultural heart of Mazatlán. Providentially, in 1922, the grand Ángela Peralta Theater as it stands today was re-opened. Intent on safeguarding this local treasure, in 2018 the Ángela Peralta Theater, newly refurbished, stands more proudly than ever to share its cultural wealth with locals and visitors from around the world.
This stunning centennial site has served as a venue for important artistic events, such as the José Limón International Dance Festival, held each April; the Sinaloa Festival of the Arts; and Mazatlán’s Cultural Festival, the first of which begins in October and the second at the beginning of November of each year, lasting through December. Many other cultural events are offered here throughout the year as well.
Clearly, the Ángela Peralta Theater is an attraction not to be missed. We highly recommend you take a moment to visit this famous landmark and the surrounding Centro Histórico that forms part of its history.