Located in the heart of Barcelona's theatre zone on Avinguda Paral.lel, El Molino originally opened in 1896 and was inspired by the Parisian cabaret and review theatre, Le Moulin Rouge.
In fact, from 1910 until the arrival of Franco's dictatorship in 1939 the theatre was known as Le Petit Moulin Rouge but the regime didn't like the use of foreign names or the political connotations of rouge so the theatre changed its name to El Molino.
The risqué content of the review shows was always transgressor and throughout the regime, the theatre was often close to being closed down.
With the return of democracy in the late 1970s, the theatre with its iconic windmill blades on the facade became a symbol of political and sexual freedom.
Following a complete restoration and refurbishment in 2010, El Molino is back with its adventurous programme of review, cabaret burlesque, music hall and flamenco.
Catching a show is really part of the Barcelona experience and the café environment means that you can enjoy a drink or a meal prepared by a world class chef.
Carrer de Vila i Vilà, 99
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