Manila Nostalgia Walks: Capitol Theater

During days when I am off from work and I have got no travel getaway scheduled, I always go back to this place that makes me dream a lot, think a lot. Dream because  I get to imagine what could have been if Manila was not destroyed by the war and think of how can we bring back the old glory of this under-appreciated city.

So let me share to you a series of the photos that I have taken whenever I go back to this beautiful place and relive its glorious past as I walk along its pavements.

Capitol Theater

Regarded as the first theater ever built in the country, The Capitol Theater is one of the finest examples of art deco buildings scattered around the old districts of Manila.

Designed by National Artist Juan Nakpil who also asked for the service of Victorio Edades who him self is also a National Artist to do the mural at the lobby of the theater.

Only the building’s facade and skeletal’s structure still survives up to this day. The building after its glory days was used as a restaurant which was later demolished.

The Capitol theater is just one of the few buildings along Escolta that reminds us of our beautiful and grand past that just begs to be revived and used again maybe not as a theater but for something else to keep us connected on a not so distant past.

So join me again next time as I walk around the beautiful chaos around the city that the whole world once loved.

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ian dela pena

iandelapena, the person behind the blog brownmantrips is a yuppie living in the metropolis who believes there is always something good to see everywhere in the world. This is his depository of travel memories for his not so good and maybe soon to fail memory, thus the travelogues in this blog.