The Teatro Municipal (Municipal Theater) is one of the most important theaters in the country, and the prime spot to watch a show. The building is designed in the classic Parisian style, and the interior is as breath-taking as the performances that take place within its walls. This theater mostly shows ballet and classical music productions, with the theater’s own ballet and orchestra groups performing all year round. However, the theater’s calendar is sprinkled with foreign acts throughout the year, which are announced on the theater’s website.
Although off the typical tourist path, the Centro Cultural Light (Light Cultural Center) is worth a visit for its regular art exhibitions featuring Brazilian artists, historical exhibits and a host of musical and educational projects. It is the main headquarters of energy company Light, yet opened up in 1994 to offer more cultural acts and performances.
CCBB (Cultural Center of the Bank of Brazil) is sponsored and supported by one of Brazil’s largest public banks, Banco do Brasil. The center has regular events that run six days a week, including performing arts, cinema, exhibitions, seminars, debates, lectures, discussions and educational and musical programs. It is a significant cultural center in Brazil, having held over 12,000 events in the last 25 years
CCBB, Rua 1º de Março 66 Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 3808 2000
The Teatro Maison de France (House of France Theater) is an important venue for theatrical events in Rio de Janeiro, and has been operating since the 1950s. One of its most significant moments was when it hosted the Molière Theatre Award, which recognizes and honors the Brazilian artistic scene and people. The venue hosts wonderful plays and performing arts acts, and also has a free cinema program on Mondays.
Having provided various cultural performances and acts throughout the last 75-odd years, Teatro Rival (Rival Theater) is one of the most important venues in the music and theater scenes in Brazilian history. It has hosted many popular music shows, which have acted as a base to launch new Brazilian musicians, and has several ongoing theatrical performances running throughout the year.
Teatro Rival, Rua Álvaro Alvim 37, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 21 2240 4469
The Teatro dos Grandes Atores (The Theater of Great Actors) was opened in 1994 in Barra da Tijuca, and offers a wide range of different cultural shows, cinema screenings and performances. The theater is separated into two rooms – the Blue Room and the Red Room – which each have a capacity of 336 seats. One of its most noteable performances was the staging of Jean Genet’s As Criadas directed by Ricardo Torres in 1996.