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This is Bilbaos main theatre- I'm afraid that it was closed at the time of my visit, but the exterior is quite attractive, and you can see a bit of the inside through the windows.(pic 4)
Bilbao didn't have a theatre until 1799. This was in a building on Ronda Street, which was built due to a group of Bilbao citizens. In 1816, it was destroyed by a fire. A Temporary theatre was set up to satisfy the theatre lovers.
In 1834, the City Theatre was opened, on the site where the Teatro Arriago stands today. It operated here until 1886, when it was closed, as it had become structurally unsound. This was mainly due to the sieges on the theatre building (and the city of Bilbao) during the Carlist war. It was then demolished. Work had already begun a few years before on a larger building on the same site, which would hold a theatre, with seating for 1,500 . There were shops planned for the lower floor.
The new theatre opened to its first performance on May 31st 1890. (Having taken 5 years and 1 million pesatas to build). Although the Theatre was very classic in design, it was modern for its time, having impressive electrical lighting. It was soon known as The Arriago Theatre, due to its location. The square being named after a local composer - John Crositomo de Arriago.
On 22nd December1914, a fire destroyed the theatre, along with important archive material and insurance documents.
Again, a theatre was constructed on the same site, and again this was larger. The architect was Federico Ugalde. This theatre opened on June 15th 1919. It became well known through Spain for the quality of its productions, with the countries best actors and actresses, musicians and singers appearing. Only the Spanish Civil War prevented the theatre carrying on for a while.
By 1978, under new ownership of the Municipal Council, the building was considered unsafe.
Restoration work finally commenced in 1980. The new look theatre (minus its shops, but with an additional double staircase) opened on December 5th 1986.
Ticket office hours -
Monday 11:30 a 14:00 y 17:00 a 19:00
Tuesday 11:30 a 14:00 y 17:00 a 19:00
Wednesday 11:30 a 14:00 y 17:00 a 20:30
Thursday 11:30 a 14:00 y 17:00 a 20:30
Friday 11:30 a 14:00 y 17:00 a 20:30
Saturday 11:30 a 14:00 y 17:00 a 19:00
Sunday 11:30 a 14:00 y 17:00 a 19:00
* Tickets will be sold until the show starts
Information Office hours
Monday to Friday 11:00 - 14:00 h
Wednesday - Thursday 16:00 - 18:00 h
Address: Pza. Arriaga,1 48005 Bilbao
Phone: 94 479 20 36
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