Cine Opera was one of the most beautiful theatres in Mexico City. Now it’s falling to pieces, and is one the most difficult abandoned buildings to enter in CDMX. It has been on my top 5 list for a long time, and it finally were able to vlog it and go exploring.
It was opened in 1949 as a movie theatre to show films from around the world to the rich, and for 40 years it did that. In 1985 a giant earthquake rocked the city, destroying hundreds of buildings, and cracking the main screen of the theatre. After, it was a music venue for concerts for 15 years before an “Altercation” on stage with the English Gothic Rock band Bauhaus closed it permanently. There is no more information I can find about what happened. How can a band close a place this beautiful permanently?
This place has 24 hour security, steel bar fences, and locks on all the doors…. I never thought I’d get in.
I had met some friends, La Catapixia who also do urban exploration in Mexico City. We had seen each others videos of other cool locations like the abandoned condominium, Insurgentes 300, and Acropolis the abandoned shopping mall. They got us into to the abandoned cinema, and we went exploring together.
We were surprised to see that they have cleaned the interior quite a bit. The movie theatre seats were all cleared out, as well as most of the trash. There are plans to renovate it into a cultural centre, and I hope they do. Abandoned or not, it’s still a beautiful place.