San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico and it is where much of the well-known Puerto Rican rum is produced. San Juan is also one of the most important ports in the Caribbean. Many people go here mostly for the beach and the bars. Also, the old San Juan boasts of the colorful Spanish colonial buildings as well as 16th century landmarks.
An aerial shot of San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/michellegross/2019/07/02/what-to-do-in-san-juan-puerto-rico/)
However, some people visit San Juan, Puerto Rico for the Teatro Tapia. This is said to be haunted so this is one of the reasons why people go here. It is expected that the island is haunted because there were many people who died in wars and battles. Some say that there remains to be the souls of these people who died.
Teatro Tapia in an old photo. (Link: https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Teatro_Tapia)
The History Of Teatro Tapia
Teatro Tapia, which is Teatro Alejandro Tapia y Rivera in full, is the oldest free-standing drama stage building in San Juan. It was named after Alejandro Tapia y Rivera, who was a poet and dramatist in Puerto Rico. It is famous not just because of it being haunted but because it was designed in the Italian style and it looks like a horseshoe opera house. It was constructed in 1824.
Alejandro Tapia y Rivera in an undated photo. (Link: https://www.facebook.com/pg/alejandrotapiayriveraoficial/photos/)
Initially, the name of Teatro Tapia was San Juan Municipal Theater. It was renamed by 1935 as Antonio Paoli Theater. It only became Teatro Tapia by 1937. The theater was neglected for the next three years and was supposed to be demolished if it were not for then-mayor Felisa Rincón de Gautier. It was restored years later and has since become a venue for a musical theater, for drama, and for other cultural events. Today, the Teatro Tapia is where many ballet performances are done.
Teatro Tapia as seen from outside. (Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/carlosaaviles/13989813042)
Many famous artists have sang and performed at the Teatro Tapia such as soprano Adelina Patti and ballerina Anna Pavlova, Antonia Saez.
The Ghost At The Teatro Tapia
It is unclear if it is just an urban myth used to scare children in San Juan, Puerto Rico but it is claimed that a woman fell to her death while performing at the theater. Now, that woman’s soul reportedly went back to the theater and haunts it.
Inside Teatro Tapia. (Link: https://www.pinterest.ph/pin/635007616179174847/?lp=true)
Many people claim to have seen her ghost wandering the grounds of Teatro Tapia whenever they watch performances at the said theater.
Other Paranormal Activities At Teatro Tapia
For the people who never saw the ghost of the woman at Teatro Tapia, they claim that they still experienced paranormal activities. Some of these activities include mysterious footsteps, doors that swing open and shut by themselves, and an unseen choir that sings a tune on stage while the theater is empty.
Other visitors claim to have felt something brush against them while no one is around or near them.
Outside Teatro Tapia at night. (Link: https://www.hauntedjourneys.com/blog/four-chilling-places-in-haunted-puerto-rico)