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Municipal Theatre

About the building

During the mid-nineteenth century arose the need for a municipal theatre in Almagro. The reasons provided in the report sent in 1860 to the Minister for Home Affairs for the authorization of its construction, on the initiative of the City Council and a number of residents who argued the need of a theatre based on the new social demands and cultural needs of the population  “(...) useful for helping the youth to understand the path of virtue and to deviate them from corrupting practices, and necessary in this era of development of major improvements in the embellishment and grandeur of the city (…)".

Almagro was following the trend initiated by the Madrid Court that requested the embellishment of the city as a sign of modernity in a time where the nineteenth-century bourgeoisie called for a more European image of the City and more detached from local traditions.

The architect in charge of the project was Cirilo Vara y Soria, who chose a neoclassical style in order to better adapt to the building's purpose. The theatre was located in San Agustín Street, on a site a group of houses in ruin used to be on. According to the architect's opinion, the lack of land was an inconvenience, thus there were not enough land to build a public square, as in other theatres, to accommodate the audience and carriages, and avoid the noise that may be heard from outside. Finally, he adapted it to the  available council  land.

The new theatre had a seating capacity of 800 and it was divided into three levels: the ground floor had separate entrances for the audience, actors and employees, and from the hall there was an access which led to elliptical-shaped stalls; around the boxes appeared a passage of circulation giving access to the boxes which had small windows as a vent. On the first floor there was a foyer surrounded by a passage that leads to the eleven boxes. And the second floor only had a balcony around the stalls, which extended over the seating area below and eventually, occupied the whole passage.

Its elliptical shape was chosen for acoustics reasons, reflecting a consistent sound as well as a better spatial use.

According to the architect, the interior decoration follows the purest neoclassical style with variations in accordance with proportions. The façade was designed according to the predominant style on Spanish public and institutional buildings at that time, the Neoclassicism, which actually reveals its conservative nature favoured by the ruling class, the bourgeoisie. 

The theatre has had ongoing theatrical activities, although in the 1950s it started to be used as screening room. Towards the end of the 1970s, the deterioration of this building led its closure by its ruinous state. The theatre was restored in 1989 by the famous architect, Miguel Fisac. From then on, it was reopened to the public for the development of varied activities but especially theatrical activities. Its continued use made it necessary to carry out new restoration works in 2006.

Opening hours:

From January 1st to March 26th

and

from October 2nd to December 31th

From March 27th to July 2nd

and

from July 31th to October 1st

From 3rd to 30th of July

From Tuesday to Friday

Saturday

Sunday

From Tuesday to Friday

Saturday

Sunday

From Monday to Friday

Saturday

Sunday

10:00 to 14:00

16:00 to 19:00

10:00 to 14:00

16:00 to 18:00

11:00 to 14:00

10:00 to 14:00

17:00 to 20:00

10:00 to 14:00

17:00 to 19:00

11:00 to 14:00

10:00 to 14:00

18:00 to 21:00

10:00 to 14:00

18:00 to 20:00

11:00 to 14:00

- Last admission 10 minutes before closing.

- Opening hours may be subject to change without prior notice.

 
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Prices

Ticket prices:

- General price: € 2,00

 - Reduced price: € 1,50

 - Ticket including visit to 6 monuments (Corral de Comedias, Church of San Agustín, Cloister of the Monastery of the Asunción, Palace-House of Juan Xedler -Fúcares-, Municipal Theatre and Lacemaking Museum):

  • General price, € 9,00 - Reduced price: € 6,50
  • With theatrical visit: € 12,00 – Reduced price: € 8,50

 - Prices may be subject to change without prior notice.

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