Teatro Variedades was a silent film house when it debuted in 1914. It continued showing movies until closing in 1994. After an extensive renovation, it reopened in 2007. As the name Variety Theater suggests, the intimate stage hosts an array of performances including films, plays, operettas, concerts and comedy. An alternative name is the Teatro Ernesto Albán. This honor’s Ecuador’s first movie actor. The theater’s pastel blue, Art Nouveau façade by architect Giacomo Radiconcini is a perfect complement to its neighbor, the Sucre National Theater. Both are managed by the same foundation and located at Plaza del Teatro.