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The Poliorama Theatre, formerly a cinema, is to be found on the ground floor of the Barcelona Royal Academy of Science and Arts at 115 La Rambla. Opened in 1899 as a cinema it was turned into a theatre in 1982. Between 1937 and 1939 it was known as the Catalan Theatre of Comedy.

 

The building of the Barcelona Royal Academy of Science and Arts was designed by the architect Josep Domènech i Estapà and was inaugurated in 1894. The ground floor was equipped with premises where shows could be performed whose profits helped pay for the running costs of the academy.

 

In 1899 the Cine Martí opened becoming one of the first cinemas in the city specially constructed for that purpose. It opened on April 13th and in 1900 one of the great successes of the day was screened: Jeanne d'Arc by Georges Méliès. In 1903 the cinema closed.

 

On the 10th December, 1906 the building was refurbished and opened under the name Cine Poliorama despite alternating cinema and theatre. It had a capacity of 630 and decorated by Moragas and Alarma.

 

On the 24th of December, 1937 it was turned into the Catalan Theatre of Comedy exclusively dedicated to theatre.

 

During the Spanish civil war it was comandeered by the CNT-FAI and was the scene of shootouts between menbers of the POUM and the CNT, events described by George Orwell in A Homage to Catalonia.

 

After the civil war the building was acquired by the group Balaña and re-opened on the 25th of February, 1939 as a cinema under the name Cine Poliorama. Its golden years were to be the 50s and 60s.

 

It was closed on the 11th August, 1963, refurbished and re-opened in October of the same year. It once again combined theatre and cinema. Since 1976 it has dedicated itself exclusively to theatre under the name Teatro Poliorama.

 

The building closed again between 1982 and 1984. After another refurbishment headed by the archtects Martorell-Bohigas-MacKay it re-opened in 1985. The capacity was now 671. As the National Theatre of Catalonia performed its shows the Poliorama did the same under the auspices of the Generalitat of Catalonia and directed by Josep Maria Flotats until 1994.

 

It then returned into private hands. At present it is run by Tres por Tres, a business formed by Tricicle and Dagoll Dagom performing quality comedies and musicals.

How to get there

  • C/ La Rambla 115, 08002 Barcelona
  • L1 y L3 Plaza Catalunya
  • Diurnos: 20,36, 57 y 64 | Horario: 05-23h Nocturnos: N4 y N6 | Horario: 23-06:30h
  • Car Parks:

    - Pàrquing dels Àngels: C/ Dels Àngels s/n. Price: 5 € on presentation of the theatre tickets.

    - Plaça Bon Succés,7

    - Plaça Catalunya, 23

Customer Service

  • Poliorama Theatre
  • Box Office Opening Hours: Box office open from Tuesdays to Fridays from 5pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 4pm until the beginning of the show.
  • Telephone : 933 177 599

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