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Grand reopening of Teatro Santa Ana

By La Biblioteca and Atención Staff

A fter a brief closure, San Miguel’s beloved community theater, Teatro Santa Ana at La Biblioteca, has reopened with a brand new look and new creative direction. During the month of May, the stage and film theater was renovated to better accommodate performances and to dramatically improve the audience experience for all types of shows.

The reopening will be celebrated with a cocktail event on Tuesday, July 1, at 4:30pm. All community members are invited to come and view the new space and enjoy cocktails and finger food.

Another reopening event will feature the exhibition of the Martin Rosenberg Polish Poster Collection, an incredible display of vintage film posters from 1945 through the era of oppression and censorship that ended with communist rule in Poland. The posters will be shown at La Biblioteca through the Teatro Santa Ana during the entire month of July. For more information about the Rosenberg Collection, please visit At the opening event, Teatro Santa Ana will feature the documentary Freedom on the Fence about polish art posters.

The first step in the Theater Department “renovations” was

to bring back beloved community theater personality José Luis Mendoza as Creative Director of the Teatro Santa Ana. Mendoza had previously been in charge of the theater from 1999 to 2011. “I am thrilled to be back at La Biblioteca! I know the community will be very excited by the changes in the stage theater and the movie theater experience, and the Teatro Santa Ana will continue to be the premier place to see a show or film,” says Mendoza.

Local thespians, musical groups and other performers will love the changes to the stage, surrounding areas and technology. A beautiful new stage floor was installed in May (made of linoleum, the perfect surface for dancers); the curtains were refurbished; a background screen was added for projection of sets for performances; updates were made to the lighting systems and control board in the booth, including the addition of a brand new sound system with high-quality sub-woofer, sound mixer and six-channel, four-return “medusa snake” that allows for sophisticated sound monitoring for musicians as they perform; and a new wireless intercom system was added.

The theater space, including the entrance, has been spruced up with new paint, a red carpet and a lounge area.

Also in the works are improvements to the movie-going experience. The new Sala Gabriel Figueroa will feature international, independent and art house films carefully selected by Mendoza and projected on the new, much larger and higher-quality screen. “Sala Gabriel Figueroa will be the only place in town to see some of our world’s most impressive film work,” says Mendoza. Beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks will be available so that viewers have food and drink options at shows. Furthermore, the Sala Gabriel Figueroa will once again feature GIFF short films this year!

The community is asked to support these efforts by viewing the movie theater website at

Finally, theater attendees will be thrilled with new policies, such as reserved seating for live performances. This enables you to come early and enjoy a glass of wine or a bite to eat before the show in the newly re-designed Café Santa Ana at La Biblioteca. No more waiting in line for seats!

The theater changes were undertaken by La Biblioteca as part of its 60th Anniversary celebration and are supported by Players Workshop and Michael Gottlieb, Stray Dog Productions and Taylor Korobow, El Caldero and Lilia Trápaga and La Comedia del Universo, along with countless other members of the thriving San Miguel theater community.

Teatro Santa Ana and Sala Gabriel Figueroa are enterprises of La Biblioteca. Proceeds from this event, as well as regular performances and films, help provide essential educational programming for 350 children per week, scholarships to hundreds more and educational and cultural enrichment for the entire San Miguel community.

To purchase tickets for the grand reopening of the Teatro Santa Ana and Sala Gabriel Figueroa, please go to the front desk at Teatro Santa Ana.

For availability of Teatro Santa Ana, Sala Quetzal or any other space at La Biblioteca for your event, please contact José Luis Mendoza at

To support the theater’s ongoing improvements or the children’s programs and Scholarship Fund at La Biblioteca, please contact Katelin Cannon at or 415-152-0293.

Movies at the new Sala Gabriel Figueroa
All movies 50 pesos, Mexican students 25 pesos
Movie: Freedom on the Fence
Documentary on Polish Art Posters
Tuesday, July 1, at 5pm

La Santa Muerte (Saint Death)
Wednesday, July 2, at 5pm.
Documentary, 84 min.
Spanish w/English Subtitles
Director: Eva Aridjis
Cast: Jesus Padilla Alonso, Gael García Bernal, Jesse Ortiz Piña

Babi Léto (Summer Spring)
Friday, July 4, at 5pm. Czech Republic, Czech with English subtitles.
Director: Vladimír Michálek
Cast: Vlastimil Brodský, Stella Zázvorková, Stanislav Zindulka

The Desert of Forbiden Art
Saturday, July 5, at 3pm
Documentary, Russia, 80 minutes
Russian w/English Subtitles.
Directors: Tchavdar Georgiev, Amanda Pope
Cast: Edward Asner, Sally Field, Ben Kingsley

José Luis Mendoza,
Teatro Santa Ana’s new director

He has worked for over 35 years in theater, films and culture in general in Canada, the United States and throughout Mexico. He founded and directs the theater company “The Comedy of the Universe,” presenting at least two large comedy shows per year. He has been involved in a number of productions for the past 15 years in San Miguel de Allende, Queretaro and other places in Mexico. Musicologist, expert in foreign and independent films, he has been a judge for the International Film Festival for 9 years. He teaches drama and arts in elementary, middle, high school and college, directs the theater group “Sopa de Locos” (Locos Soup) and is a playwright and poet.


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