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BACKGROUND

Built in 1933 in the historic center of Quito, the 2,200-seat Bolivar Theater became the city’s most opulent movie palace and premier performance venue. The theater was designed by the famous American theater architects Hoffman and Henon in a lavish eclectic style, combining art deco, Spanish, and classical motifs. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Since the fire, damage to the theater had been compounded by rain, snow, and volcanic ash that permeated the temporary roof structure, further damaging the interior. Looting was also a problem as scavengers removed chandeliers and decorative elements. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The Bolivar Theater exemplifies the reach of the art deco movement and the romance of American movie palaces. It is one of the few surviving examples of the work ofacclaimed theater design firm of Hoffman & Henon, who was responsible for as many as 100 movie palaces and theaters in the United States. (...)