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Teatro Arriaga Auditorium













The Arriaga Theatre is in Plaza del Arenal in the center of Bilbao. In 1834, the first "theater of the Villa" opened built on municipal land in Arenal. 52 years later it was closed and demolished, and in the same place rose the new theater that opened in 1890. It was called the "New Theatre Bilbao" In 1914 a fire razed it completely and in 1919 it was reopened again with Verdi's opera Don Carlo. In the floods of 1983 the theater suffered serious damage especially in the basement, damage was repaired by 1984. 
When you first enter the hall there is a wonderful staircase, two hands, with a red carpet, you feel like a queen climbing it. On the first landing of there is a bust of musician and composer Juan Crisostomo Arriaga. The Main Hall has stalls and three floors, was respected in structure and decoration as had previously been created. 
However, the stalls, had the novelty of an orchestra pit that can be adjusted to three levels and has room for almost a hundred musicians. The room seats 1,744 people, and the stage has a large capacity. The ceiling has paintings depicting allegorical poetry, music, tragedy and comedy.