Archive for the ‘Theatre’ Category

Teatro Zarco

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
Teatro Zarco 1950

Teatro Zarco 1950

This photograph of 1950 shows us how originally was the Zarco Theatre. Later, the front was demolished and the Cadore Theatre was established. Currently there is a supermarket on the groundfloor and unfortunately there is a nightclub above. In other times it was a good place.

Municipal theater, perfect for a weeding photo sesions

Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Municipal theater -Photo by Marieke Smulders-

Municipal theater -Photo by Marieke Smulders-

This is “Teatro municipal” the departamental theater. Where a variety of events take place like local High School graduations, to ballets and international concerts. Its beautiful design invite newly weds to take photos in its surroundings so don’t be surprised if you find yourself in the middle of a photo shoot! It’s only a few blocks away from Central Park so you can add it to your walkable tour!

Text: Nadia Peláez

Abandoned Theater

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Abandoned Theater by José Moreno


The theater is a few meters from the central park where they could perform many cultural activities is simply abandoned what would be your suggestion to recover this beautiful place?

El teatro que se encuentra a pocos metros del parque central y en donde se podrian realizar muchas actividades culturales esta simplemente abandonado ¿Cual sería tu sugerencia para recuperar este hermoso lugar?

View from where?

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

View from where? by José Moreno

You know where this photo is taken?

1. La Pedrera
2. Santa Ana
3. El Baúl

Perfect Backdrop

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Perfect Backdrop by Jose Moreno

Ahh, after a week of cloudy skies and thunderstorms, this afternoon’s brilliant blue skies serve as both a relief and a vivid backdrop for the beauty of the Municipal Theatre.

Photo by guest contributor Jose Moreno; text by Luna McCarthy.

An Afternoon to Relax

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

An Afternoon to Relax by Jose Moreno

The weather in Xela is temperate enough all year long that if you make time in the day to relax and chill out, the weather will usually comply. During dry season/winter, it can be quite cold overnight (-3 degrees last night), but the afternoons are always lovely and sunny, provided you get somewhere warm as the sun goes down, or you might get very chilled, very quickly.

This family relaxes and the children play at the base of the theatre steps one afternoon, as the sun begins to set.

Photo by guest contributor Jose Moreno; text by Luna McCarthy.

Merry Christmas!!

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Merry Christmas by Luna McCarthy

From all of us here at XDP to all of you, all over the world, we hope you have a very valuable holiday time with your friends and family. Feliz Navidad!!

What a Beautiful Night

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Beautiful Evening by Sergio Dominguez

During the celebration days of Guatemalan Independence, many gathered at the opera theater to cheer on their favorite lady in the beauty pageant. Elegance, charm and beauty from all over Guatemala was on show that night; both inside and outside the theater.

Post by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez

Dance Exhibition

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Dance Night by Luna McCarthy

These photos were taken by my business partner Katrien Peirs, when she attended a dance exhibition at the Municipal Theatre in July. Once I saw the pictures, I wish I had gone! Xela (and Guatemala in general) is so rich in cultural heritage and the hypnotic, rhythmic dances are just a small part of that.

A-One, A-Two, A…Pass Me That Hot Chocolate, Please…

Friday, August 26th, 2011

The Opera Theatre by Sergio Dominguez

The opera theater (1895) is used for various types of cultural events and many musicians have found a warm place in this cold city to express their feelings through art and to fall in love with the city which inspires them…and to drink a good hot cup of traditional chocolate, of course.

Post by Guest Contributor Sergio Dominguez


Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Orange by Luna McCarthy

So I have a question. With all the amazing colors in this country, why is orange such a favorite? I’ve heard many a traveler say, “There is a lot of…orange here”. The vibrant colors of Xela, mixed in with the different shades of grey make such a beautiful palette. But of all the colors, why is orange a Guatemalan favorite?

The “Other” Teatro

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

The "Other" Teatro by Luna McCarthy

I mentioned in a previous post that there are so many interesting tombs in the Calvario Cemetery, including a replica of the Municipal Theatre. Places like this intrigue me, as the story behind the structure is largely unknown. I prefer to think that this may be a shrine to a beloved wife or lover, one whose beauty was unmatched at the time of her death; perhaps like a smaller, Guatemalan version of the Taj Mahal. Or perhaps this tomb houses the founder of the Teatro…does anyone know the ‘true’ story behind this lovely replica?

Ready for My Close-Up

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

El Teatro by Luna McCarthy

If the Cathedral downtown is one of the most photographed buildings in the city, the Municipal Theatre must be one of the second most photographed. The design of the edifice and the lines of the columns and the stairs, pose and wait for the travelers to come and shoot some memories to take home or to post on their blogs. She is like a beautiful woman, wearing just the right accessories and waiting for the right suitor to come by and sweep her off her feet.

Female Warrior

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Female Warrior by Luna McCarthy

The female face of a statue in front of the Municipal Teatro stares off into the distance. Is she longing for a different future, dreaming of freedom or pining for the man she loves? Does anyone know the story behind this statue?