Club-oriented nightlife starts late, with live acts often hitting the stage after 11pm and few places really getting going before midnight. Cuban music is particularly popular, and with Cuba just a short flight away, Mexico City provides a local but international proving ground for the island’s talent. Mainstream Hollywood movies make it to Mexico just a few weeks after their release in the US and often before they get a British or European release. One of the largest concentrations of cinemas is along Insurgentes, where half a dozen multiplexes total around fifty screens in all. While Mexican theatre tends to be rather turgid, there are often excellent classical music concerts and opera or ballet performances by touring companies. The Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Auditorio Nacional are the main venues, but other downtown theatres, as well as the Polyforum and the Teatro de los Insurgentes, may have interesting shows. For listings, see the weekly magazine Tiempo Libre.

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