Centro Cultural Miguel Ángel Asturias

The Centro Cultural Miguel Ángel Asturias, commonly called Teatro Nacional, is a cultural center in Guatemala City, Guatemala. It is located in the Centro Cívico (Civic Center) of the city and was built in the same place of the old Fuerte de San José. Its form, which emulates a seated jaguar,[1] stands out from the adjacent buildings. The complex, which was designed by the architects Efrain Recinos and Carlos Alberto Haeussler was completed in 1978.[1]

Teatro Nacional
Centro Cultural
Miguel Ángel Asturias
General information
TypeCultural Center
LocationGuatemala City, Guatemala
OpenedJune 16, 1978
Design and construction
Architect(s)Efraín Recinos
Centro Cultural “Miguel Ángel Asturias” - Portal MCD
Outdoor theater Miguel Miguel Ángel Asturias Cultural Center Guatemala.

The center is named for Guatemalan writer and Nobel Laurate Miguel Ángel Asturias. It contains the Gran Sala Efrain Recinos, a large proscenium theater named for the architect that designed the structure's facade, the Teatro de Cámara Hugo Carrillo, a smaller, black box theater named for the Guatemalan playwright and director, and an outdoor amphitheater, the Teatro al Aire Libre. The center also includes various plazas and salons, as well as the National Marimba Institute, Instituto Nacional de la Marimba.


  1. ^ a b "Architect of Guatemala's National Theater dies". Associated Press. Taiwan News. 2011-10-03. Archived from the original on 2016-01-25. Retrieved 2011-10-29.

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