The symbolic reopening of the center will take place on October 15 with the play “The man and his dreams”, by René Marqués, in the room that bears his name, at 10:00 am (YADIRA HERNANDEZ)
Next Thursday, October 15, the René Marqués Room of the Santurce Fine Arts Center (CBA) will host the first theatrical production since its doors were closed at the beginning of years. This arises as a result of an order issued on September 30 by the Secretary of the Interior, Antonio Pabón, in which they authorize holding events with the public in the CBA rooms.
“I welcome the news of the reopening, because I believe that it will be a new opportunity for the industry, for the Center for Fine Arts and for the theater, music and different expressions of scenic art ” , indicated Jetppeht Pérez de Corcho Morgado, general manager of the Santurce Fine Arts Center. “The day after receiving the reopening authorization, I gave myself the task of sending an email to different producers. There are many who already have some kind of small event planned to measure and feel the market, but we still do not have any confirmation. I hope they can be finalized in the next few days ”.
The total closure of this entertainment center occurred since the first days of January due to the earthquakes in the southwest area of the island. According to Pérez de Corcho Morgado, on January 7 the cancellations of the events that were in February and March began . Following that, came the announcement of the total closure due to the presence of COVID-19, leading to the cancellation and postponement of all the shows that were on the agenda for the rest of the year.
Now, in this new stage, they have taken countless security and maintenance measures in order to comply with all the protocols established by the Government. “I take this reopening very seriously. This is why the health protocols are going to be redoubled ” , added Pérez de Corcho Morgado. “Equipment was purchased to disinfect all the rooms and all the common areas. The screening at the entrances to the facilities was redoubled and the air conditioning systems throughout the center were cleaned and disinfected ”. On the other hand, the CBA has already taken the necessary measures so that when the first face-to-face event begins, the ticket office has a list with information on each person who attends the shows, so that in case there is a contagion, they can track it of the person.
The symbolic reopening of the center will take place on October 15 with the play “The man and his dreams”, by René Marqués, in the room that bears his name, at 10:00 am This is a CBA production with students from drama that will be free of cost. The 15th was chosen, because it was the day the rooms were closed seven months ago.
At this initial point, the capacity of the rooms will vary. For example, the Antonio Paoli Festival Hall can be used for 50% of its seats, which is equivalent to 885 seats. In the case of the René Marqués Drama Hall, with 50% capacity, you can use 400 seats, while the Pablo Casals Symphony Hall, also with a 50% capacity restriction, can make use of up to 470 of its seats . In the case of the Experimental Room, only the use of a 60-seat ceiling was approved. For their part, those who want to use the Plaza Juan Morel Campos will have to submit the request to the secretariat of the government, where they will give approval.
Another project that will begin on October 14 at 7:00 pm will be the Drive-in Theater in the outdoor parking lot of the CBA. A family billboard will be offered weekly and it will be the only car cinema on the island with four giant screens, certified for high definition and laser projection. The ticket per car will be $ 18.50 per car and allows up to six people per car, and can be purchased at TICKETERA.COM.
Initially some of the films that will be offered will be “Aladdin”, “Lion King”, “Black Panther”, “Beauty & the Beast” and “Maleficent”. Pérez de Corcho Morgado indicated that, at the request of the public and showing his support, he asked the producer of the event to communicate with several filmmakers on the island to see the possibility of presenting, at least once a week, film productions Puerto Rican. Due to the sophisticated technological equipment used to screen the films, local productions must have a specific digital format in order to be seen in the CBA Drive-in Cinema.
Looking to the future
The CBA general manager hopes that this is the beginning of new and successful productions on the island. “We are all very hopeful, both the entertainment industry, the College of Producers of Public Shows of Puerto Rico and the College of Actors of Puerto Rico. We all believe that you have to start with something, with caution and with all the care, ” added Pérez de Corcho Morgado. “Currently there are many people who fear going to the theater, but I tell them that we are ready, the theater is clean and safe. All of us who work at the CBA take this issue of the pandemic and the protocols very seriously, so we hope that people will endorse the projects that will be presented in the coming months . “