Notes on the Geography of Brazil: Manaus 30 Years Later: Photo 4
The theater's architect was an Italian with the wonderful name of Celestial Sacardim. Work began in 1884, and the theater was inaugurated in 1896. The steel frame came from Glasgow, the tiles from Alsace, the mirrors from France, the chandeliers from Venice, and the marble columns from Italy. You get the idea: nothing but the best for these erstwhile Saudis.
You can't read it, but see the name around the corner from Macedo's? It's Eduardo Ribeiro's, again. Modest Eddy, not.
The theater was abandoned about 1930 and slowly decayed until its restoration in the 1990s. That's the trouble with one-trick ponies. As one student says, Manaus suffered from its "regional isolation and intractable economic dependence on resource extraction." (See Rainforest Cities, a study of cities in the Amazon, by John O. Browder and Brian J. Godfrey (1997), p. 139.)
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