Address: Carrer de Girona, 173
Metro: Verdaguer (L4 and L5)
OK, so this is a bit of a bizarre one. As the name suggests, this is not really a concert hall at all, it’s a cinema. It’s located just to the south of what used to the bohemian district of Gracia, but has since become a place just as frequented by the ‘botellón’ culture, i.e. teenagers that buy beer in the supermarket and sit around in the street drinking it.
The cinema has been around for some 25 years, and in 2010 was reopened after some major modifications. Most of the time, its three screens are used for showing mainstream films, but it is also used for showing live screenings of cultural events – usually operas and ballets, streamed directly from the Royal Opera House in London, the Bolshoi in Moscow, the Teatro Real in Madrid and others.
And one of the halls is also occasionally transformed into a theatre, making for a very different venue indeed for enjoying concerts. You’d generally think was a pretty desperate measure for any act, but they now and again get some relatively big names playing there.
Verdaguer is the nearest metro stop and as only a fool would need much help making the short trot up from the station to the venue, we shall instead fill this space by providing a little cultural background into who Jacinto Vaerdaguer i Santaló, after whom the small plaça near the station was named. He was a priest and poet who lived from 1845 to 1902, the ‘prince of Catalan poetry’ no less, author of such timeless classics as L’Atlàntida (1876), Idilios y cantos místicos (1879), Montserrat (1889), Oda a Barcelona (1883) and Canigó (1886). Can’t say I have ever read any of them, but I’m sure they’re extremely good.