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Cinema, cultural centers and art exhibitions - Culture And Arts Santa Cruz - Bolivia

Santa Cruz’s 10 screen cinema, Cinecenter (On the Segundo Anillo, between Av. René Moreno and Monseñor Santistevan, Zona el Trompillo, Tel: 3-336-6949, ), shows mainly Hollywood blockbusters, including 3D flicks. There’s also a large food court, some shops and plenty of parking.

The Centro Cultural Franco Alemán (Calle 24 de Septiembre 36, plaza principal, Tel: 3-335-0142, shows foreign films, gives French and German lessons and hosts a range of other culture activities. They also have an extensive French, German and Spanish library here. It’s housed in a beautiful colonial house on the main square, which was recently renovated. The on-site café does an excellent value set-lunch, served in an attractive landscaped patio.

Casa Municipal de Cultura RaĂşl Otero (Calle Libertad 65, plaza principal, Tel: 3-334-2377) houses regular modern art exhibitions, and also hosts concerts and theatre. The GalerĂ­a de Exposiciones Manzana Uno (Plaza Manzana Uno, Calle Independencia near Calle Ayacucho, near plaza principal, Tel: 3-339-5792) shows art exhibitions from local artists.

The Centro Simón I Patiño (Calle Independencia 89, near Calle Suarez de Figueroa, Tel: 3-337-2425) also displays modern art exibitions, including audio-visual displays. The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Calle Sucre near Calle Potosí, Tel: 3-334-0926, Monday-Friday 9 a.m. –midday, 3 -8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 3-7 p.m., no admission fee) houses temporary modern art exhibits from national and international artists and functions more like a gallery than a museum. It’s housed in a beautiful colonial house, complete with large courtyard.

Santa Cruz has a buzzing nightlife, with the hotspot being along Avenida San Martin in the Equipetrol zone of the city. Here you’ll find the city’s swankiest nightclubs and bars, with local hot-young-things dressing up to the nines to boogie until the early hours. Most nightclubs will have a cover charge and the drinks are pricey.

Avenida Monseñor Rivero, just north of the city centre between the first and second rings, is also a popular place to go out in the evening. Late-night cafés and restaurants are the vibe here, with a slightly older crowd. In the center, there are plenty of good bars with live music, especially at the weekend. Some of the city’s best restaurants are also here. For salsa dancing try El Egua, five blocks north of the main plaza on Calle 24 de Septiembre. Plaza Blacutt, a couple of blocks south of Avenida Irala and straight south from the main plaza, has a bowling alley and several restaurants.

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