The theater was meant to serve the guests of the Sierra Madre as the prime source of entertainment with the best pre-War acts and performers around, including Vera Keyes, Dean Domino, and many other popular entertainers. The Tampico was the scene of a slaughter on October 23, 2077 as the casino's security holograms activated in response to the casino's systems going on alert as the bombs fell. The final encounter with Dean Domino occurs here during Curtain Call at the Tampico.
The theater features a front lobby area upon entry. There is a receptionist desk, which contains record of two emails between Evelyn Sainz and John Lester. There are two doors, to the left and to the right, which both lead to the same area. However, the one on the right is locked, and a Lockpick skill of 50 is needed to enter. The theater's layout is similar to an "Old World" dinner theater, with many tables, chairs, and a large stage in the center.
Located in front of the stage is a music stand with Vera's music on it, which contains a hidden key to the backstage area. To the right of the stage is a locked door that requires a key. To the left is the main door to get backstage. From north to south, the backstage area has Dean's dressing room (with a Hard locked safe and Vera's backstage key), a large room with crates and props, and Vera's dressing room. Across from her room, there is one small upstairs section with a hologram emitter.
Hologram emitter locations
There are three security holograms that appear after the backstage key is found, and there is an emitter for each of them in the Tampico theater. Their locations, and the Repair skill required to disable each one, are as follows:
- Directly behind the north side backstage door (Repair 100), which shuts off the hologram that patrols the southeast corner of the theater.
- Hidden behind the corner couch in the large backstage room to the west (Repair 50), which controls the hologram patrolling the northeast side of the theater.
- On the stage room staircase wall (Repair 75), but inaccessible until the holotape in the projector that overrides any remaining security is played.
- One destructible speaker near the door to the theater.
- Two shielded speakers line the left wall of the theater.
- One destructible speaker on the corner of the backstage hallway.
- One destructible speaker in the storage room.
- One radio in Dean's dressing room.
- Tampico's front desk terminal password - Near two skeletons, just in front of the inaccessible door to the stage theater.
- Lying, Congressional Style - On a shelf by the projector.
- Sierra Madre Ace of Clubs Caravan card - On the floor near the metal ramp, through the stage door (next to a wall-mounted terminal).
- Vera Keyes' partitures - On the music stand in front of the stage.
- Backstage key - On the music stand.
- Vera's backstage key - On a desk in Dean Domino's dressing room.
- Dean Domino's blackmail evidence - In the safe in Dean's dressing room.
- Dean Domino's "Saw Her Yesterday" song - Holotape, on a table in the corner in Vera's dressing room.
- Vera's master key - Under the "Saw Her Yesterday" holotape.
Behind the scenes
The name is drawn from the fact that the 1948 film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre was filmed in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico.