What? El Molino is a Cabaret Music Hall
Who for? Adult lovers of the burlesque
Where? In Avenue Parallel, the centre of Barcelona
When? Open all year, consult timetables below
The history of El Molino dates back to 1898, when the owner of the tavern La Pajarera sold his business to buy it and it became La Pajarera Catalana.
In 1908, the building changed hands once again and was re-christened the Petit Moulin Rouge, in imitation of the famous Parisian Moulin Rouge, to attract cabaret acts from the French Capital and give them a Spanish flavour.
At the end of the Civil war, the victory of the Spanish ‘nacionales’ meant any kind of French name was completely prohibited and the club changed name once again to El Molino.
In the 1940s, El Molino became one of the Parallel’s most popular and unique theatres with its consistently liberal flair, sublime grandeur and healthy eroticism. Legendary artists such as Lander and Leanna, Mary Mistral, Mirko, Pipper, Johnson, Escamillo, Christa Leem, La Maña and Merche Mar have all graced its stage.
In 1976, it won the first edition of the FAD Sebastià Gasch awards for the Paratheatrical Arts.
During the Music Hall years, the Parallel gradually grew in fame to become one of most popular avenues and with the greatest number of shows in Europe.
A few years later, and coinciding with the International Exhibition held in 1929, the architect ‘Josep Alemany i Juvé’ was contracted to completely remodel the façade and it saw the addition of its decorative features symbolizing a windmill. The emblematic turning sails characterizing the building are a true icon in the Avenue Parallel.
In 1997 El Molino closed its doors and it wasn’t until thirteen years later that the company Ociopuro SL purchased the building to restore and adapt the location for the new century.
In 2010 El Molino raises its curtain once again and Barcelona welcomes the return of this legendary night spot to the huge delight of all the city locals.
Currently the façade of El Molino is a fabulous show of led lighting offering a truly unique visual display. The Golden Bar inside offers wonderful views of the Parallel, whilst a rehearsal room is an area often used for the organization of workshops. The main performance hall seats 250 people and maintains a special intimacy between the artists and the public that is so characteristic of this theatre.
Shows, Timetables and Prices
|Made in Para-lel
(Wednesday to Sunday)
21.30 to 23.00
|El Molino Lunch Show
(Wednesday to Sunday)
|Poco Ruido y mucho Duende (Flamenco Tuesday)
Calle Vilà I Vilà nº 99, (Avenida Paralelo)
How to get there
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