Thanks to Mexican dictator Porfirio Diaz, Mexico’s privileged few enjoyed a period of wealth and sophistication in the late 19th century. Opera, theatre and ballet performances, plus a strange new entertainment called cinema were part of the trendy new diversions for distinguished ladies and gentlemen. Mazatlan was, at that time, a small, rich and cosmopolitan city in close contact with the rest of world thanks to its bustling port.
Teatro Rubio with its impressive architecture became the most famous and exclusive place for Mazatlan’s high society. Unfortunately, in the 1920s, the manager of the Rubio found the mass-oriented cinema to be more profitable. But the beautiful building's demise didn’t stop there. Boxing and cheap shows came later to this once-exclusive stage that was closed in the 1960s.
Thankfully, in 1992, the historic monument was restored, reclaiming its glory days and attracting select artists from all around the world. Today, visitors can enjoy of a variety of performances and the theatre’s elegant museum.
The theatre’s new name, Teatro Angela Peralta, pays homage to an internationally famous soprano who was born in Mazatlan in the 19th century. Paradoxically, the diva never actually performed on its stage as she died of cholera before she was scheduled to give her concert.
Today, after enjoying opera or a modern ballet, visitors will find plenty of eateries just a block away around the tree-lined Plazuela Mechado.