This building, the first in Santos to be constructed as a theater, was inaugurated in 1882 and destroyed by fire in 1981, with only the external walls left standing. After two decades of neglect, the building was completely restored by City Hall and reopened in 2008. Besides the beauty of the building itself, highlights include two paintings by Paulo Von Poser – one on the ceiling reinterpreting a scene from the novel O Guarany, by José de Alencar, and the other in the second floor foyer, which is a reinterpretation of Benedicto Caixto’s view of Santos from the top of Monte Serrat. The theater hosts presentations and also functions as a municipal school for scenic arts.