It was initially created as a summer amusement park in the former garden of the Palácio Lima Mayer city palace . A casino was operated here from 1918 to 1922. With the opening of the Teatro Maria Vitória in 1922, Parque Mayer increasingly became a focal point for the revue theater . In 1926, the Teatro Variedades , 1931, the Teatro Capitólio , and in 1956 the Teatro ABC opened. An open-air theater was also temporarily located in Parque Mayer, plus there were restaurants, carousels and other things. Boxing fights were held here until the 1960s, for example with Belarmino Fragoso , who was immortalized in 1964 by Fernando Lopes ' film Belarmino , a major Novo Cinema work .
With the advent of television and the change in leisure time behavior, the importance of Parque Mayer as a nightlife district decreased, even if the name is still used today as a synonym for popular theater in Lisbon, especially due to the still existing Teatro Maria Vitória. All other houses are now closed and the area is used as a parking lot. In 1999 the site was sold to the Bragaparques company.
The Parque Mayer today
In 2010, the city administration confirmed the plans of the city chief Pedro Santana Lopes ( PSD ) to demolish all buildings and a. to build a new and larger event building. The reason given was damage to the entire building fabric in Parque Mayer that could not be repaired.
After this project had also failed, and after no agreement had been reached on any of the previous projects for the use of the site, the city administration under Mayor António Costa ( PS ) decided in a politically controversial decision in March 2014 to buy back the site Recognition of the already legally enforced claims of the previous owner, the Bragaparques. The price of over 101 million euros in particular caused protests by the opposition. The city administration is now planning a revitalization of the area and a redesign, which should open the Parque Mayer more towards the city. Three theater or event buildings are to be settled here, with the mayor making it clear that “no revival of Parque Mayer is possible as it was in the 1940s”.
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