AAA Editor Notes
Degollado Theater (Teatro Degollado) is on Calle Belén between Calle Morelos and Av. Hidalgo, just e. of the cathedral. This impressive neoclassic structure, completed in 1866, has been compared to Milan's La Scala Opera House, although it has the grimy look of stone buildings exposed to decades of vehicle exhaust. The relief above the columned entrance depicts Apollo and the Nine Muses. The plaque on the outside back wall commemorates Guadalajara's 1542 founding ceremony.
Inside are opulent red and gold balconies and a dome with murals painted by Gerardo Suárez that depict Dante's “Divine Comedy.” The remodeled theater is the home of the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra and presents concerts, live theater performances and film festivals year-round. Performances are given by the University of Guadalajara Folkloric Ballet usually every Sunday at 10 a.m. If you can't attend an event, the theater's interior can usually be viewed (rehearsal schedule permitting) daily from around noon to 2 p.m.