The Cervantes Theater is a historic theatre, whose construction took from 1886 to 1921. The project was started by the local bourgeoisie which organized many tertulias (informal discussion groups), one of whom first adopted the indalo man as its symbol, now ubiquitous as the province’s logo.
The typology of the theater follows the design of the Italian theaters, with the stalls in the shape of a horseshoe. Right form its beginning Teatro Cervantes was the epicenter of Almeria culture. It has a beautiful yellow and white interior with decorative gilding, including a semicircle of small boxes behind the stalls and two circles.
The theatre is well known for the events that occurred during a performance of Santa Isabel of Ceres in 1922, where famous local actress Conchita Robles was shot dead by her estranged soldier husband, Carlos Verdugo, who disapproved of her acting (the audience thought it was part of the play, and applauded enthusiastically). A printing apprentice was also killed when he tried to protect Conchita. About 20,000 people turned out for her funeral, held in Almeria; Verdugo was sentenced to life imprisonment. You can even buy a cava called, Conchita Robles, produced for the theatre as part of a program to restore the building to its original glamour.
Calle del Poeta Villaespesa
Tel 650 030 303