The opening ceremony was attended by the entire local Corporation, representatives of neighborhood groups and residents in general. After the interventions, the auditorium opened with the already historic inaugural performances by Magec and the group Entre Voces.
This renovated space has been conceived as “One more new cultural center for the North, and a real boost for the neighborhood”, as the City Council announces that “it will have a stable schedule over time.” In addition, in the future it will be a complement to the Teobaldo Power Auditorium, in which it is also expected to carry out a comprehensive reform valued at more than 6 million euros.
In the renovation project of the old La Perdoma cinema, in which some 400,000 euros of municipal resources have been invested, multiple improvement and modernization actions have been included. Among other things, the entire roof and stalls have been renovated, with a capacity of 300 people. The stage was also expanded, new dressing rooms and a small house were created for the stay of the artist or companions. Architectural barriers were also removed and security was improved. In addition, the entire environment and the surrounding streets were renovated, in which the width of the sidewalks was widened and new pavement was placed.
The delegate councilor of the neighborhood, Darío Afonso (CC), emphasized what this new cultural infrastructure will add to the neighborhood: «It is a nerve center of culture, which will be able to host various events and artistic disciplines, in addition to being at the service of the citizens and groups of this urban nucleus, and of the municipality in general ”.
The Perdoma Cinema Room was inaugurated on September 25, 1965. At that time, it also revolutionized the La Perdoma neighborhood, by having this important recreational-cultural project that gave many residents of this urban nucleus the opportunity to access the cinema in a comfortable and close way. The inauguration was made with the film by Mario Moreno Cantinflas The Extra and Duel of the Sun. In the 70s of the last century, an important cultural movement took place around this room. Film weeks were scheduled with a significant influx of audiences. Also during the neighborhood festivities, important cultural days were scheduled, to which were added the projection of films, music and theater. This room was witness for several decades of talks, festivals, concerts, rallies, conferences, meetings, and multiple experiences of the Peromeran society.
This space closed its doors in the late 80s and, later, in 1997, it was acquired by the La Orotava City Council to continue developing various cultural and social activities there. This movie theater is considered an important meeting point and cultural exchange, as well as for rehearsal and preparation of concerts and shows.
For the City Council, the Francisco Álvarez Abrante Auditorium will be “a real boost for cultural activity in this neighborhood” and will also serve as complement to the Teobaldo Power Auditorium, located in the heart of La Orotava, especially in the two years in which it will have to be closed to carry out its long-awaited comprehensive reform.