Located on lively Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s Teatre Poliorama first opened in 1899 as a cinema, then became a theater. Housed in the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, the theater has been renovated to its former glory and continues to be a center of Catalan arts and culture, hosting regular stage productions and theatrical performances.
Teatre Poliorama was designed by Josep Domènech i Estapà, with a capacity of 705 seats. The intimate venue is an ideal location to take in a flamenco or opera performance. Musicals and comedies round out the theater’s offerings.
The best way to enjoy Teatre Poliorama is to take in one of its many stage performances. To learn more about the theater, including its history and interesting anecdotes, join a guided tour of the theater—available to groups—which includes access to the stage and nonpublic areas, such as dressing rooms. Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- There is no cloakroom at Teatre Poliorama.
- Only bottled water is permitted inside the theater.
- Photos and videos are not permitted during performances.
- Different service fees apply for different means of ticket purchase.
- The ground floor of the theater is wheelchair-accessible.
Teatre Poliorama is centrally located on Las Ramblas, an easy walk from the tourist center of Barcelona. By metro, take L1 or L3 to Catalunya Station (exit Rambla–Rotonda). By bus, take bus 14 or 59 during the day, or bus N9, N12, or N15 at night. When to Get There
Head to Teatre Poliorama in the evenings to catch a live performance. Its events calendar is always changing, so it’s best to look up showtimes and book tickets in advance.
Barcelona’s Official Time
Note the clock located on the facade of Teatre Poliorama, under which is written “Hora Oficial” (“Official Time”). Installed in 1891, it was the first electric clock in the city, and for over 50 years, the time it showed was the official and legal time of Barcelona.