We provide a guide to Universidad de Medellín Teatro, which is the largest 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. And this is the fifth theater we have looked at.

Universidad de Medellín Teatro (University of Medellín Theater) is reportedly the largest theater in Medellín. And this theater is larger than Teatro Metropolitano in El Centro, due to having 1,702 seats compared to Teatro Metropolitano with 1,634 seats.

Universidad de Medellín Teatro hosts many events each year including concerts, plays, dance, comedy and other performing arts plus some university and business events.

Note the above photos are courtesy of Universidad de Medellín Teatro.

History of Universidad de Medellín Teatro

Universidad de Medellín Teatro opened on September 26, 1985. And the theater was given the name of Gabriel Obregón Botero in 1988, who was the main promoter of the theater.

In the beginning, this theater was for the exclusive use of the university. But later it started to offer commercial services for concerts and other events moving away from just serving the university. And now a majority of the events at this theater are not university events.

The University of Medellín was founded in February 1950. University of Medellín is a private Colombian university located in Medellín offering undergraduate programs, masters, and doctoral programs.

A concert at the theater, photo courtesy of Universidad de Medellín

A concert at the theater, photo courtesy of Universidad de Medellín

Events at the Theater

This theater offers a varied program throughout the year. The events at the theater have included concerts, plays, dance, comedy, and other performing arts as well as some academic and business events.

This theater posts events in Spanish on the Universidad de Medellín Teatro website and on the theater’s Facebook page.

Furthermore, Medellin Guru covers Medellín events, which we update weekly. And we plan to include any notable events at this theater of interest to foreigners in our weekly event calendar.

Inside the theater, photo by Davidricardo2003

Inside the theater, photo by Davidricardo2003

Buying Tickets

This theater has a ticket office that is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 3 pm to the hour of the event on event days.  And events listed on the theater website generally have a link to LaTiquetera to buy tickets online.

Also, this theater has 34 seats for people with reduced mobility. Make sure when buying tickets to indicate if you need these seats intended for those with reduced mobility.

Tickets to two recent events at this theater cost 38,000 to 66,000 pesos for one event and 139,000 to 244,000 pesos for another event. So, ticket prices at this theater can vary substantially.

Universidad de Medellín map with theater in red, photo courtesy of Universidad de Medellín

Universidad de Medellín map with theater in red, photo courtesy of Universidad de Medellín

How to Get to Universidad de Medellín Teatro

This theater is located on the campus of University of Medellín and is easy to get to on the Medellín Metro.

On Line A of the metro go to the Industriales station and change to the Metroplús bus lines (1 or 2) going west towards Universidad de Medellín. The last Metroplús station going west is the Universidad de Medellín station outside the campus.

Universidad de Medellín Metroplús station, photo by Jdapenao Di

Universidad de Medellín Metroplús station, photo by Jdapenao Di

Furthermore, most taxi or Uber drivers in Medellín will know Universidad de Medellín is located, if not provide the driver the address below:

Websitehttps://udem.edu.co/index.php/servicios/teatro

Address: Carrera 87 # 30-65, Bloque 17, Universidad de Medellín, Belén

Phone: +57 4 340 5202

Theaters in Medellín

So far on the Medellin Guru website we have looked six theaters in the Medellín metro area:

  1. Universidad de Medellín Teatro – the largest theater in Medellín located on the University of Medellín campus – with capacity for 1,702 spectators.
  2. Teatro Metropolitano José Gutiérrez Gómez – one of the largest theaters in Medellín – with capacity for 1,634 spectators.
  3. Teatro Lido – a popular theater in El Centro where all events are free – with capacity for 1,100 spectators.
  4. Teatro Pablo Tobón Uribe – a popular theater in El Centro – with capacity for 923 spectators
  5. Pequeno Teatro – a small but popular theater in El Centro – with capacity in its larger space for about 400 spectators.
  6. 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: Universidad de Medellín Teatro

Universidad de Medellín Teatro is largest theater in Medellín. However, this theater hasn’t been discovered by many foreigners since it’s located on the University of Medellín campus in Belén.

But this is a popular theater in Medellín for locals and it has many events each year ranging from concerts, plays, dance and other performing arts.

There are normally at least a few events at this theater weekly. Also, we plan to include notable events at this theater in our Medellín Events calendar that is updated weekly. I have been to a few concerts at this theater over the past eight years and it’s a nice theater.

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