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 proto-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.
Trouble is, one-trick ponies stumble. Put more formally, Manaus suffers from its "regional isolation and intractable economic dependence on resource extraction." The theater was abandoned about 1930 and slowly decayed until its restoration in the 1990s. (The formal quotation comes from Rainforest Cities, a study of cities in the Amazon by John O. Browder and Brian J. Godfrey (1997), p. 139.)
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