Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center

Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré
"Bellas Artes de Santurce"
Former names Centro de Bellas Artes de Puerto Rico
Address Ponce de León Ave, Parada 22, Santurce, PR 00940
Location San Juan, Puerto Rico
Coordinates 18°26′51″N 66°04′09″W / 18.447512°N 66.069267°W / 18.447512; -66.069267
Owner Corporación del Centro de las Bellas Artes de Puerto Rico
Type Concert hall, Opera house, Theatre, Performing arts center
  • Sala Antonio Paoli: 1,945
  • Sala Sinfónica Pablo Casals: 1,300
  • Sala René Marquéz: 781
  • Sala Carlos Marichal: 210
  • Café Teatro Sylvia Rexach: 200
Built 1970
Opened April 9, 1981 (1981-04-09)
Construction cost $11,372,000[1]

The Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center, or Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré (CBA) in Spanish, is a multi-use performance centre located Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico. It features three main concert and theater halls for plays, ballet, operas and concerts. It was renamed in 1994 after the late Puerto Rican politician and philanthropist Luis A. Ferré.

The Center opened on April 9, 1981 under the administration of then Governor Carlos Romero Barceló (PNP) after 10 years of planning, project financing, and construction. Since then, it has become the most important performing arts venue in the Puerto Rican capital, presenting the highest level of commercial theater in Puerto Rico along with ballets and operas, and also hosting artists such as Plácido Domingo. The Center is home to the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and the annual Casals Festival. Lately, and not without criticism, it has opened its doors to urban music.


The Center features four main concert and theater halls, two eateries and a central outdoor plaza, each with its own unique features:

Surrounding art

The Center is surrounded by various art expositions, including murals, paintings, and sculptures. The two largest halls feature art expositions which distinguishes each one:

Near the entrance of the Center, various expositions greet guests and visitors, including a 40-foot (12 m) aluminum sculpture by Luis Torruella titled Melodic Reflection. However, the main art theme of the Center’s entrance are The Muses. These are two separate works of art, one being an assortment of 6-foot-tall (1.8 m) bronze female sculptures along the Juan Morel Campos Plaza, by Annex Burgos; and the second being a large mural at the Center’s façade (pictured above), made from a mixture concrete and crystal stones and designed by Augusto Marín. Each muse represents the different arts and cultures which the Center embraces, including local and classical music, theater, literature, dance, films, architecture, sculptures, and painting.


Located along the Ponce de Leon Avenue in the Santurce section of San Juan, the center is near various retail shops and residential buildings, which produce a vibrant atmosphere around the center both day and night. It has an underground parking garage offering 483 spaces for guests, although adjacent office buildings provide additional spaces.

Coordinates: 18°26′51″N 66°4′9″W / 18.44750°N 66.06917°W / 18.44750; -66.06917


  1. Presupuesto del Gobierno de Puerto Rico - Corporación del Centro de las Bellas Artes de Puerto Rico
This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 6/15/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.