«It is an institution that carries many financial resources, which needs a lot of the sensitivity of those who have to do with restoration. It must be a careful enough work that contributes to saving the cultural heritage that the real estate means. «
Ulises Rodríguez Febles, playwright, historian, researcher and writer
«Sauto is the first piece of the Cuban neoclassical, the most important architectural work of that movement in Cuba. Matanzas has the happiness of owning this property of world importance. This building is worthy of the praise of all the people who visit it because it is one of the true symbols of the city. «
Rolando Estévez, artist of the plastic
For the matanceros the Sauto theater means more than the building that rises austere and magnanimous in the middle of the Place of the Vigia. Undoubtedly, many stories, reunions, adventures, dreams and yearnings have been born in its properties, innumerable memories remain impregnated to its columns now rejuvenated and I guess that not few people feel a strong connection with this property.
Sauto has been silent for several years after the thin rain that baptized his last function, foreshadowing the tortuous silence that reigns there since the theater closed its doors in 2010. After more than two decades without deep maintenance actions in its Locations, the restoration that is carried out seven years ago in the institution can be valued as the deepest one that has been developed there.
«They has made numerous restorations Sauto theater since the 19th century. Of all, the most definitive have been, the one from 1965 to 1970 and the last one in which we are involved, «said Leonel Pérez Orozco, historian of the institution and Conservative of the City of Matanzas.
During much of the constructive actions that take place in the coliseo Matancero, the shortage of budgets, the lack of preparation of its executors and the lack of wood, material that constitutes 90 percent of the structures of the building, had a negative effect on the progress of The works, in different stages of work.
«Sauto is the most important cultural institution of the province of Matanzas; Can be considered the Mecca of practically all the artists and shows that move nationally in the country. To that we can add the feeling of uneasiness that it produces in the matancero that adores its theater and waits its inauguration. «
Venturing to set dates of completion could be the «boomerang» that has so often shaken our heads and hopes. Matanceros have been claiming their theater for a long time.
«Many matanceros miss it for what he represents for our culture. It is an emblem, a jewel of national culture. It remains in the heart of the city, only that it remains inert, does not run blood through its veins. «
But this fervent desire can not become a motive for the work to be carried out with haste. However, after many rains and suns, the reality is very different from the one that lived the institution years before, explained Pérez Orozco, Conservative of the City of Matanzas. «The advance that is observed is evident. Due to the size of the building and the complexity of the process, the restoration began from top to bottom to facilitate the organicity of the work.
«Work was done in the hall: the rows were cut in half, with no aisle, with the aim of raising the auditorium once a year, removing the seats and turning it into a ballroom. The bolts that are installed are safe and easy to manipulate. «
The execution budget for the restoration work of the neoclassical theater this year amounts to more than two million pesos in total currency. The process is in its last constructive stage with high levels of originality.
«In the case of the roofs of the boxes was the assembly of the printed cards with the drawing that they exhibited from the first years, which denotes great elegance for these areas. The rooms were already gilded and the lamps were restored according to their original characteristics. The stage is also almost ready, only the polish remains. «
The non-agricultural cooperative of construction SANCOF assumed the demolition of the sidewalks to replace them with mosaics that imitate the interior of the portal, belonging to the nineteenth century, in order to maintain a homogeneity in the exterior of the theater.
«The shares in the backyard are also in a late stage. Its marble structures are ready, the statues of that space have been restored. Now we await the arrival of the bars to close it to the public. Then the work of restoring the fountains and the preparation of gardening will begin. «
Thanks to the efforts of those who have given themselves to the restoration of the Sauto, the Matanzas people and the visitors who attend the institution will witness a work that watches over the care of the details to give the property elegance and majesty. «Subtract the polish, the varnish and the change of glass from the entrance doors to the theater. These will display engraved letters that distinguish the institution.