The smaller of Malaga’s two grand theatres, after the Teatro Cervantes, the Teatro Echegaray is tucked away on the street of the same name, right in the heart of the historic centre.
Seventy-seven years after it originally opened as a cinema, the Teatro Echegaray was meticulously refurbished and transformed into a theatre at the start of the 21st century, reopening in October 2009.
A versatile cultural space
The original cinema was a grand building designed by architect Manuel Rivera Vera, featuring a richly decorated foyer and stained glass panels when it first opened in 1932. As part of the refurbishment, which came as part of an agreement between Malaga City Council and the owners to convert it into a theater to alleviate overcrowding at the Cervantes, the Echegaray was revamped to offer a versatile cultural space for a variety of shows, including operas, plays, music, children’s theater, educational activities and special events.
The renovation project restored the foyer and façade using original materials and repositioned stained glass panels to the foyer.
Where the 1930s meets modern day
The present-day theatre is designed to accommodate both conventional and “in the round” performances, with a flexible stage area and seating that can be adjusted or removed. The result is a modern interior with advanced technical features, combined with a faithfully reproduced 1930s facade and foyer, offering a seating capacity of 297 people in the stalls and two circles.
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Daryl moved to Malaga permanently in 2014 having first fallen in love with the city on his Erasmus year. After working for many years at local expat newspaper SUR in English, Daryl gained expert knowledge in life from the perspective of foreign residents and decided to co-found Malaga Guru in 2016.