The Show Must Go On: The Most Spectacular Theaters

Balboa Theater – San Diego, USA

The Balboa Theater has had a tumultuous history. It opened in 1924 as a movie and vaudeville theater, but was quickly closed and reopened again as a Spanish-language movie theater under the name “El Teatro Balboa.” During the WWII years, it was used as barracks for sailors, then after the war was over, it was chopped up into apartments and sold.

In 2002, the municipal government decided to save the building, and restored it to its former glory. Now, it’s a well-beloved public theater and performing arts space where you can see live music, theater, and movies.

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National Noh Theater – Tokyo, Japan

When you first step into the auditorium of the National Noh Theater, you may be struck by the simplicity of the room. The walls, stage, and seating are all made of different types of blonde wood, and the space is calm and serene.

The stage was built specifically for the practice of Noh theater and kyogen – two unique types of theater that are so culturally significant to the Japanese people that they have been designated as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Property. In addition to the central theater, the building also contains a restaurant and reading room.

Minack Theater – Cornwall, UK

The Minack Theater looks like an amphitheater straight out of ancient Greece, but it might surprise you to learn that this theater is actually located in a small town in Cornwall, England. It was built by an enterprising woman named Rowena Cade, who erected it almost singlehandedly when she found out that a local acting troupe was looking for a place to stage Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

The open-air theater sits overlooking Porthcurno Bay, and is open for visitors from May to September. Even if you don’t have time to see a performance there, you can pay a small fee to look around the grounds.

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American City Guide: New Orleans

New Orleans has a reputation as one of the most fun cities in the United States. Nicknamed “The Big Easy”, most tourists come to New Orleans during Carnival, a raucous outdoor festival that celebrates the beginning of the somber Lenten season. If you manage to get beyond Bourbon Street, there’s a vibrant city just waiting…

American City Guide: Chicago

One of the largest and most underrated cities in the United States is Chicago. In fact, Chicago ranked first in Time Out’s 2018 City Life Index, topping other highly-ranked cities like New York City, Melbourne, and London. There are so many incredible things to do in Chicago, plus it lacks the hectic craziness of other vacation destinations in the United States. It’s a great option for a fun weekend trip, even if you’ll never see everything the city has to offer in just two days.

American City Guide: New York City

New York City is the most populous city in the United States and has a reputation as the most vibrant and thrilling vacation destination on the continent. It’s the home of New York Fashion Week, the United Nations, Broadway, Wall Street, and the Statue of Liberty. Its fast pace inspired the phrase “New York minute” and even if you only have $5 per day to spend, you can still enjoy every aspect of this incredible metropolis.