Theater / Movies / Concerts, Barcelona
This magnificient modernist building (1908) deserves a visit by itself, even if you don't like classic music concerts. There are guided tours (U can't visit on your own), so you will have to wait till the group is formed. The main hall of concerts is really amazing. No pics allowed inside.
In 1997 it was declared a "World Heritage Site" by UNESCO.
For those who love ART NOUVEAu this palace of music will be a gem.
This building is so extremely abundant, rich, excessive that it overwhelmed me........I enjoyed it so much that I didn't know where to start watching it all.
Luckily we were quite early so we could walk around and enjoy every detail.....but taking photographs was forbidden, which was such a pity.
The postcard you see here is part ot the stage: the walls are decorated with e.g. these
MUSES, de sacred NINE....partly in relief, partly painted.
Enjoy the mosaic around those figures....
Really it was very worthy waiting for 2 hrs. to get tickets........
One of the HIGHLIGHTS for me.
The architect was Ll Domenech i Montaner
Eusebi Arnau sculpted the sacred NINE and Lluis Bru is the creator of the mosaic.
Dress Code: formal and festive......
Last year I was lucky enough to see Eric Clapton LIVE in one of his (supposed) final tours, ever. The concert was at Palau Sant Jordi, a beautiful arena in Montjuic that was built for the Olympics. The best part was this: the cheapest tickets were for the standing room on the floor! The more expensive ones had fans sitting on rows up the side! I bought the least expensive ticket, yet was about 30 feet from Clapton himself...ridiculous!
Dress Code: Very casual, all types of people at this concert....
I love movies, but in special foreign movies. My hectic life and myself are to blame not to attend to the cinema as much as I wish.
My friends had origianlly plan to go and watch Lord of the Rings, fair enough, only problem was it was voice over in Spanish.... no way... if I was to sit three hours it had to be originale version.
So at the end I disuaded them and we opted for a Japanese comedy.... good choice... I can't remember the name of the Director, but will find out.
What I liked about this cinema was that it was very local.... hidden in the back roads, with character.
This Opera Theatre was at its foundation (1847) the biggest in Europe. In 1994 a fire destroyed it and was rebuilt in 1999. You can find programmes and tickets sales at the web page below.
Even if you don't like the Opera, the building deserves a visit for its impressive interior. There are guided tours in the morning (10, 11, 12, 13), showing you the Hall, the Room of Mirrors and the Foyer.
Guided tours 5 euros.
Theres lots of theatres in barcelona, but the most famous is EL LICEU, which its an amazing building in the middle of las Ramblas, tickets for events there are expensive and are almost always sold out easly. A couple of good theatre to go are the poliorama also in las ramblas, and the Borras in Urquinaona square. Most of the shows are always in catalan or spanish.
If you are a fan of the classical music there are some good choices in BCN, apart from specific festivals the most popular places are:
---“El Liceu”: The most prestigious one, a former symbol of the bourgeoisie. Burned and reconstructed now, it’s nice just to see the building. Famous for opera and ballet. Usually you have to book more than one year in advance...
--- “Palau de la Musica Catalana” another superb place, modernist architechture there. Nice to see just the façade!!
--- “L’ auditori”: http://www.auditori.com/
If your Spanish isn´t that great yet or if you can´t stand the Spanish dubbing, this is the place to go to watch the original version movies (indicated by ´VOSE´). On weekends, tickets are 5,50 Euro and the last showing start at 1.00 AM. There is a Burger King and a Farggi luxury ice-cream place, to have a quick snack before or after the movie.
In Barcelona,you can find one of the best night clubs,cinemas,Discos,Teathers,in Europe!. Don´t miss GRAN TEATRE DE LA OPERA DEL LICEU (OPERA HOUSE).IN this picture,you can see PALAU DE LA MUSICA (Music Palace).
See the mass come out of this theatre, reminds me of the years 1800 in my birthplace, in Barcelona this still exists... see picture
Palau de la Musica
Barcelona's main concert hall with performances running from September-June. Listings can be found in the Spanish daily newspaper, El Pais.
Coyote (in the picture you can see why is called Coyote!)
Harley Davidson's pub. Spanish rock inside!