Restoration of Cervantes Theatre
Dating of the building: 1870.
Applicant: Malaga City Hall.
Reason for the award :
For the careful rehabilitation of a 19th-century theatre, decorated in a functional style and perfectly integrated with the original building.
The recovery of the great Cervantes Theatre has returned to the public in Malaga a modern performance hall in the form of a Municipal Theatre.
Until its purchase in 1984 by the City Hall, the great Cervantes theatre in Malaga was in a state of ruin. Gone were the times when the best painters of the moment were hired, including Muñoz Degrain, for the symbolic decoration of its main curtain and vaults.
The recovery works of the new Miguel de Cervantes Municipal Theatre affected both its interior and exterior elements. Consequently, the sedate façade regained the original beauty of its classic Italian-inspired elements and a simple glass canopy was added. Of greater significance was the construction of a new building annexed to the theatre, assigned for the artists as a dressing room, the pedestrianization of the surrounding streets, and the expansion of the Plaza del Teatro. In the interior, all the facilities and equipment were renovated, and the disappeared furniture and carpentry, as well as all the old decorative elements, were redesigned and reproduced. The new Cervantes was inaugurated the same year as the Europa Nostra prize was awarded in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Sofía.