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Havana Historian puts to rest concerns on iconic theater´s fate

HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 15 (ACN) The Payret movie theater will continue to be for Cubans, and its maximum prices will not exceed the value paid today for access to similar facilities such as the Martí and National theatres of Cuba, said Havana City Historian Eusebio Leal.

In statements to La Jiribilla magazine, Leal confirmed that effectively a hotel will be built in that central block, which will not affect in any way the integrity of the movie theater, but rather will contribute to its restoration and reopening as it has always been, a public service institution.

With the Payret an act of continuous bad faith has been committed in these days that ignores, in the first place, the attention received by that coliseum throughout the revolutionary period, a time in which two very expensive restorations have been undertaken, one in 1969 and the other in 1981, he said.

He added that the responsibility assumed for many years by the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana, which has carried out numerous investment projects, with absolute respect for the patrimonial value of every building that has been intervened and which has known how to assume with responsibility and rigor each one of the decisions taken, is disregarded and manipulated.

In this sense, there is a broad working relationship with the Ministry of Tourism and the GAESA Business Group, always on the basis of mutual respect and compliance with current regulations for work with buildings of heritage value.

From this practice of joint work have been born several of the works that today prestige our Historic Center, said Leal.

According to information published by La Jiribilla, the first public activity in this theater took place on January 21, 1877, and its official inauguration was one day later.

After belonging to several owners during the Republic, the original construction was demolished in 1951 and in its place was raised the building that remains to this day.

The Payret has been closed since 2008 due to functional deterioration and lack of constructive maintenance.

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