Luis Gutiérrez Soto, the most famous architect of that time -and author of the architecture style of buildings at Salamanca district or the Air Ministry building among others-, built in Barceló street a naval inspirated building in honor of a sailor that gives his name to the street.
The building, which began housing a cinema and a theater, became the most emblematic and stylish disco in the 80s, core of the “Movida” movement and meeting point for everyone who after a period of social repression wanted “to see and be seen”.
After several years of political transition and a time when Spain began to open to the outside, started the need of leaving protocols and social prejudices apart. It was time to feel free and explore new experiences. It began the world famous movement: “La Movida”.
With the public support of Mayor Tierno Galvan, popularly nicknamed as “Mayor of La Movida”, was inaugurated in 1980 at the impressive Barceló theater, similar to the nightclub Studio 54 at New York. A space that, from its very beginings, marked the difference. A place where all kinds of society could join with a common goal: having fun.
That spirit of change experienced by the city began to attract many tourists and celebrities who wanted to watch by themselves the colourful movement that was brewing in Madrid.
Many stories behind their walls …
There are many familiar faces that have passed through its doors and many stories that are stored behind them.
International artists such as Andy Warhol, great musicians like Prince or Rolling Stones. Members of foreign royalty like Stephanie from Monaco and Sophia Habsburg could end the night dancing with prominent figures of spanish culture, society, politics or music such as Miguel Bosé, Pedro Almodovar, the Duchess of Alba or members of Mecano group.
After the peak years of La Movida, Teatro Barceló never lost the spirit of glamour and transgression that characterized it during the 80s and remained the symbol of the nightlife welcoming countless parties and VIP card making this place a true object of desire only available for the privileged.
Nowadays, in this time of change in the need to revive the spirit of coexistence and freedom, Teatro Barceló welcomes within its walls new generations catching the baton of a past steeped in history, providing fun and entertainment for everyone.