We provide a guide to Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe, which is a popular theater in Medellín that hosts many events yearly including concerts and other performing arts.
Several Medellin Guru readers have asked about the theaters in Medellín. So, we started looking at the theaters in Medellín. We previously looked at Teatro Metropolitano José Gutiérrez Gómez, which is one of the largest theaters in Medellín.
Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe is smaller than Teatro Metropolitano and is an older theater but it is still very popular. Teatro Pablo Tobón hosts many events each year including concerts, ballet, plays, comedy and other performing arts.
Note the above photos are courtesy of Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe.
History of Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe
In February 1949, the Public Improvement Society of Medellín launched a campaign for the construction of a theater for the city.
The city of Medellín contributed to the project the exemption of all kinds of taxes and the payment of water, electricity and telephone services, as well as the donation of land for the construction of the theater. In June 1952, the Antioqueño philanthropist Pablo Tobón Uribe, donated initial funds for construction of the theater.
The Pablo Tobón Foundation was established by Decree No. 487 in October 1952, as an institution of a social and cultural nature, with the purpose of providing Medellín with a modern theater, intended for the presentation of shows and artistic events.
Renowned architect Nel Rodriguez was responsible for the architectural design of the building. And on August 2, 1967, the theater opened.
Since that time, this theater has become an important part of the city’s history. Renowned artists from inside and outside of Colombia have performed in this theater.
The theater has a total capacity for 923 spectators, which makes it smaller than Teatro Metropolitano, which has space for 1,634 spectators.
Events at the Theater
The theater offers a varied program throughout the year in its different spaces: the main hall, the Theater Café and the Glorieta de la Vida space outside the theater.
The events at the theater have included concerts, symphonies, ballet, plays, comedy and other performing arts.
You can buy tickets from the ticket office at the theater. Tickets for events typically have a range of prices. For example, a recent event had prices of 22,300 to 50,200 pesos. Also, some of the events at this theater are free.
In addition, events listed on the theater website will normally have a link to buy tickets on the Tuboleta website.
Furthermore, Medellin Guru covers Medellín events, which we update weekly. And we expect to include at least one event each week at this theater.
How to Get to Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe
This theater is located in El Centro on Avenida La Playa. One way to get there is by using the Medellín Metro. To get there take the A Line to the San Antonio metro station and then take the TA Tranvía tram line to the Pabellón del Agua station.
The theater is located about a 6-minute walk from the Pabellón del Agua tram-line station.
Taxis or Uber are other options to get to this theater from your location. Just tell the driver “Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe” or provide the driver the address below.
Address: Carrera 40 # 51-24, El Centro, Medellín
Phone: +57 4 239 7500
Theaters in Medellín
So far on the Medellin Guru website we have looked six theaters in the Medellín metro area:
- Universidad de Medellín Teatro – the largest theater in Medellín located on the University of Medellín campus – with capacity for 1,702 spectators.
- Teatro Metropolitano José Gutiérrez Gómez – one of the largest theaters in Medellín – with capacity for 1,634 spectators.
- Teatro Lido – a popular theater in El Centro where all events are free – with capacity for 1,100 spectators.
- Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe – a popular theater in El Centro – with capacity for 923 spectators
- Pequeno Teatro – a small but popular theater in El Centro – with capacity in its larger space for about 400 spectators.
- Teatro Matacandelas – a very small but intimate theater in El Centro that is popular – with capacity for about 140 spectators.
Also, we plan to look at a few additional theaters in the Medellín area in detail plus publish a comprehensive guide to all the theaters in Medellín.
The Bottom Line: Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe
Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe is popular theater in Medellín and it has many events each year ranging from concerts, symphonies, ballet, plays and other performing arts.
There are normally several events at this theater weekly and some events at this theater are free. Also, we plan to include some events at this theater in our Medellín Events calendar that is updated weekly.
I have been to several concerts and other events at this theater over the past eight years and it’s a nice theater that is more intimate than the larger Teatro Metropolitano.
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