Grand Theater of Havana. One of Old Havana's finest buildings, the Grand Theater was built in 1837. In the 1800s it was known as Theater "Tacon". It can seat more than 500 visitors. Grand Theater was considered to be one of the finest theaters in the world.
Some important artist that played in this place:
dancers Fanny Elsler and Anna Pavlova, actress Sarah Bernhart and Eleonora Dusse, singers Adelina Patti,
Victoria de los Angeles, Enrico Carusso, Tita Ruffo, musicians as Arthur Rubinstein, Ernesto Lecuona and Serguei Rachmaninov, and many others.
Remarkably, the Gran Teatro was once the most technologically advanced in the world, thanks to an Italian scientist named Antonio Meucci. Some say the experiments of this eccentric inventor who arrived in Havana in 1835 produced electrical lighting effects and an internal telephone system long before Edison or Bell. Meucci's ingenious spirit lives on in the theatre. The theatre is home to Cuba's esteemed Ballet Nacional. Created in 1948, it's still directed by its founding prima ballerina, Alicia Alonso, who continued to dance into her 70s.