This stand-alone theater is one of the hardest to locate. It took me 1 hour and a bottle of vodka just to find this theater. The reason why we got lost is because the Herran St. was changed to Pedro Gil St. even I do not know who Pedro is but now I can tell the media, I was not informed (for those of you who know christopher lao you will get my joke) The Gaiety theater seems to fit the theme of the district, Malate but majority of the stand-alone theaters in Manila are either located in Paco or in Avenida, But this one was lost in Malate, surrounded by strip bars and motels.
The Gaiety Theater is located along the street of Marcelo H. Del Pilar in Malate Manila near Hyatt Hotel. It is abandoned when I went there and the theater is partly demolished. It was designed by Juan Nakpil in 1935. It was owned by an American, Mr. H. Brown, producer of La Vida de Rizal.
I am sorry but this is the only work of Juan Nakpil that i really abhor/loathe. It is out of proportion, plain and there is nothing outside unlike the late Ever theater, It screams glamorous allover the fascade. But nonetheless we need to preserve this Nakpil masterpiece because whether I like it or not and even though art is purely for some people subjective it is part of our heritage. We must preserve the buildings of the past. (thanks to citytales for the pictures)