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Theater and Cinema in Mexico CityTheaters are not centralized in a single entertainment district but are located throughout the city. Plays are almost always performed in Spanish, but other theaters present shows in a cabaret or variety format that can be enjoyed by non-Spanish speakers.

The Insurgentes Theater (Teatro de Los Insurgentes), in the southern part of the city at Av. Insurgentes Sur #1587 (at Calle Mercaderes), has a striking Diego Rivera mosaic on the facade. It presents touring productions of plays and musicals and is among the popular things to do in Mexico City. The Blanquita Theater (Teatro Blanquita), 3 blocks north of Alameda Park at Av. Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas #16 (M: Bellas Artes, lines 2 and 8), offers variety shows performed by Mexico's top singers, dancers, comedians and magicians. To see if any shows coincide with your vacation, check the schedules on ticketmaster.com.mx.

Other theaters include the Teatro Hidalgo Ignacio Retes, across from the northeast corner of Alameda Park at Av. Hidalgo #23 (M: Hidalgo, line 2); and the Centroids Cultural Virginia Fábregas, Calle Joaquín Velasquez de León #29, about 20 blocks west of Alameda Park (M: Normal, line 2).

American and foreign films are shown in their original language with Spanish subtitles, although some children's movies are dubbed in Spanish; ask when you buy your tickets. Hollywood blockbusters and first-run films open in Mexico soon after they do in the United States, and admission is inexpensive (about $6 U.S.), which makes a trip to the movies one of the fun things to do with friends in Mexico City. The Spanish-language Tiempo Libre magazine, available at newsstands, has entertainment listings.

Cineteca Nacional is at Av. México-Coyoacán #389 in the southern suburb of Coyoacán, about 5 blocks north of the Frida Kahlo Museum (M: Coyoacán, line 3). This multiplex destination offers a wide range of movie choices, with half-price admission on Wednesday; phone (55) 4155-1200. Closer to the city center is Cinépolis Diana, Paseo de la Reforma #423 (4 blocks west of the Independence Monument); phone (55) 2122-6060. Cinemex Reforma Casa de Arte, Av. Río Guadalquivir #104 (a block north of Paseo de la Reforma and a block northwest of the Independence Monument), shows Mexican and Hollywood films as well as art house productions from around the world; for recorded schedule information phone (55) 5257-6969.

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Mexico City, DF

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Travel Information

City Population

8,851,080

Elevation

2,240 meters (7,347 feet)

Tourist Protection

Secretaría de Turismo (SECTUR) headquarters, Presidente Masaryk #172; phone (55) 3002-6300 (English spoken). Persons needing legal assistance should contact this department at the Ministry of Tourism.

Police (emergency)

Dial 060 and ask to be connected to an English-speaking operator if you need immediate assistance.

Police (non-emergency)

In general, the police in Mexico City should be contacted only as a last resort. If your car is stolen, however, you must report it to the police, as you will be liable for any subsequent crimes in which the vehicle is involved.

U.S. Embassy

Paseo de la Reforma #305 (M: Sevilla or Insurgentes, line 1); phone (55) 5080-2000. The embassy is open for general business Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4:30; closed U.S. and Mexican holidays. There is a protection officer on 24-hour duty to advise you in the event of robbery, assault, major loss, accident, illness or death; Mexican law takes precedence in such instances. Information regarding attorneys and translators also can be obtained.

Canadian Embassy

Calle Schiller #529, just north of the National Museum of Anthropology (M: Auditorio, line 7); phone (55) 5724-7900. Open Mon.-Fri. 8:30-5; closed Canadian and Mexican holidays.

LOCATEL

Phone (55) 5658-1111. This government-operated agency can help coordinate a search for missing persons or lost, stolen or towed vehicles; the hotline is answered daily 24 hours. The LOCATEL office is in the southern suburb of Churubusco at Calle Heroes del 47 #113, 3 blocks south of the National Museum of Interventions; phone (55) 5484-0400.

Consumer Protection Offic

Contact the Consumer Protection Office (Procuraduría Federal del Consumidor, or PROFECO) if you feel that you've been cheated or ripped off regarding a service or purchase; phone (55) 5625-6700 or 01 (800) 468-8722 (toll-free long distance within Mexico).

Hospitals

The ABC Medical Center (Centro Médico ABC) is several blocks south of Chapultepec Park at Calle Sur #116, at Avenida Observatorio (M: Observatorio, line 1); phone (55) 5230-8000. All major credit cards are accepted. The Mexican Red Cross (Cruz Roja) is located at Calle Luis Vives #200, between Avenida Ejército Nacional and Avenida Homero (north of Chapultepec Park in the Polanco neighborhood). It is open 24 hours; phone (55) 1084-4505.

Local Phone Calls

All calls made from landlines are charged as local calls. Prior to Jan. 1, 2015, there was a separate price structure for long-distance calls (designated by the acronym LADA, or larga distancia). There also are no long-distance cellphone charges; dialing either a local cell number or a long-distance cell number from a landline is charged as a local call. Calls made to a cell number must include the prefix 044.

Publications

The News is an English-language newspaper published Monday through Friday in Mexico City. Major U.S. newspapers are available at many newsstands the day after they are printed.

Visitor Information

Av. Presidente Masaryk #172 Mexico City, DF . Phone:(55)3002-6300

Currency Exchange

The rates charged by banks and casas de cambio (currency exchange houses) don't differ that much, so currency exchange is a matter of convenience. Most banks exchange currency Mon.-Fri. 9-noon, but you may have to wait in line; exchange houses often are open weekdays until 5 and may be open Saturdays as well. Exchange houses and ATMs are concentrated along Paseo de Reforma, in the Centro Histórico and in the Zona Rosa. The Sanborns chain of restaurants also provides ATMs.

Staying Safe

Street crime—from relatively benign offenses like pickpocketing and purse snatching to dangerous armed robbery—is an ever-present risk. No part of the city is immune, even the upscale Polanco neighborhood and other areas frequented by tourists. One way to avoid being mugged or robbed is not to wear expensive jewelry or watches.

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