REX Duplex Theatre + Neon Center
A new place to celebrate the city of Havana
“There are eight million stories in the naked city,” as Jules Dassin famously stated in his 1948 Film Noir police classic about Manhattan. Havana is similarly rich in stories now coming to the fore, commemorating the city’s 500thbirthday. Coffee, rum and colorful ladies smoking big cigars; although still enticing, have given way to a deeper understanding and appreciation for Cuba and her place in history. This is a story about a bygone era, an artistic vision and a cutting edge community historic preservation effort taking hold in Havana.
We invite you to the Rex Duplex Theatre in Centro Havana.
This historic theater was built in 1938 and expanded in 1949, to become Cuba’s first multiplex venue with two distinct film theaters connected by a grand lobby. The interiors of the theater have been dismantled over the decades and left to abandon. This magnificent space is reopening with the mission of creating a neon production, education and visitors’ center. The project will offer a grand hall and gallery for neon and incandescent lighting and art; neon sign studios and workshops; and a media center keeping with the venue’s orignal function. We are working intently to maintain the historic fabric of the buidling. The center will become Cuba’s premier neon institution and will lead the movement to sustainable outdoor decorative lighting to the city. Another major component to the project is the development of a neon district on Boulevard San Rafael and Galiano Street in Centro Habana.
The Rex Duplex will re-open on April 12, 2019, in participation with the Bienal de La Habana 2019.
Our center is walking distance from the Hotels Kempinski, Parque Central, Telegrafo, Saratoga, and Inglaterra. We are also walking distance from the Prado, Barrio Chino, and the newly restored El Gran Teatro de La Habana and El Capitolio.
You can’t miss the Rex Duplex, with its place of honor on the Boulevard San Rafael, the pedestiran shopping mall that extends from Prado to Galiano, making it one of the most engaging and interesting locations to watch Cuban commerce in the making and every day Cubans in their day to day life. The shopping promenade is undergoing a massive renovation including paving, street furniture, lighting and more. The Rex Duplex anchors the boulevard’s five block stretch, being right in the middle, and will contribute to the full animation of the district.
Our hours are daily from 12 Noon to 10:00 PM (We Close on Wednesdays)
Or by appointment.
Image below: Detail of our showroom with Bienal exhibition by Kadir Lopez.
Visitor services we offer by reservation
The RexDuplex has no entry fee and you are most welcome to visit during our normal hours!
We also offer the following services to groups of 5 or more:
-A tour of our facility including exhibitions, shop and other public spaces with a cocktail or other refreshment with discussion. (45 mins)
-A tour of the Neón district on Blvd including Blvd San Rafael and adjacent blocks (60 mins)
-A classic convertible tour of a group of signs throughout Havana with or without dinner (2 hours)
-Event space rental for lunches, dinners, photo shoots, lectures, and other needs. To see more about our facilities please click the reservations link below.
-Cuban art gallery that will provide exhibitions for Cuban artists on a regular basis.
-Gift shop. Here you will find some of the most unique and innovative small gifts to take home. Forget the trinkets and fake paintings. These gifts are all about Cuba and they are unique.
-Occasional shows. Featuring Jazz, Classical Music, Ambient Music, Sound, and Sacred Music. See our Facebook page for updates.
The center has brand new bathrooms and will have air conditioning throughout the enclosed spaces.
Because we are a working shops and studio, for groups of over four we would appreciate it you could make a quick on-line reservation here so that we can expect you and provide a proper presentation to your group. (Over five people)
San Rafael/Galiano Neon District
Blvd. San Rafael between Paseo Marti y Galiano (Ave Italia) , Barrio Chino de La Habana and the Capitolio are the neighborhoods that surrounds us at the Rex Duplex. In these wonderful barrios of Habana we already have ten signs running and have plans to restore approx 15 existing vintage signs in the area. We have the historical photographs of these streets and plan to also re-build a group of signs for public view shown clearly as re-creations. We will maintain, restore, & rebuild this group of signs all in an organized historic sign district.
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Habana Light Neon + Signs
Habana Light Neon + Signs is a public art practice and historic preservation project by Havana artist Kadir Lopez Nieves in collaboration with Cuban producer Adolfo V. Nodal.
“Alumbrando el Barrio/Lighting up the Neighborhood” is our motto! Havana Light Neon + Signs is an art studio with a neon shop, a dedicated crew and and a focus on restoration of our urban jewels and creating new art as an urban public practice. We are currently restoring the Rex Duplex Theater in Havana to create a center of neon production, exhibition and education in Cuba,
For more information on Havana Light Neon + Signs and our work restoring the historic neon signs of Havana visit us at our facebook page Habana Light Neon + Signs For More information please contact: Kadir Lopez Nieves orAdolfo V. Nodal firstname.lastname@example.org