In 1963, José Lúcio da Silva wished to build a great theatre for the city. The construction began in a property of the Marques da Cruz family, under the guidance of architects Carlos M. Ramos and José Bruschy and became a clear example of modernism in Portugal.
The foundation stone was laid on 29th July 1964. This project was finished in about 18 months and the theatre opened its doors on the evening of 15th January 1966. One of the main guests was Admiral Américo Thomaz.
Throughout the years, the Theater José Lúcio da Silva has become a “monumental” showroom, with 763 seats with superb scenic features enabling a rare visual comfort, which gives this theatre an important place in the cultural landscape of Leiria.
In September 2005, the theatre was temporarily closed to begin much-needed restoration and modernization works.
Av. Heróis de Angola, 2400-093 Leiria
GPS: N 39º 44′ 48,28” , W 8º 48′ 12,3”
Every day: 06:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Theater Miguel Franco
Largo de Santana, Avenida Combatentes Grande Guerra,
GPS: N39.743181 W8.807688
From 06:00 p.m. when there is a performance