First documented performances of mimicry, chants and religious music within the city.
1779 – 1816
The first theatre dedicated solely to performances on stage opens on Ronda Street. It will be burned down in a fire.
1834 – 1886
The Teatro de la Villa or City Theatre is opened on the beach. Fifty-two years later the building was closed and torn down due to its ruinous state.
A new Coliseum is planned while the Teatro de la Villa is still standing.
The formal constitution of a new private limited company called Nuevo Teatro de Bilbao.
Architect Ernesto Hoffmeyer implements a project to extend the Ribera pier. This makes the course of the ria six metres longer.
During construction on the building, part of it collapses killing two workers and wounding four others.
A plaque is put in place with the new name of the square where the theatre will be located: Plaza del Maestro Arriaga.
Inauguration of Nuevo Teatro de Bilbao, which is already becoming known as the Arriaga Theatre.
The Management uses the name Teatro Arriaga for the first time in the newspaper announcements for a performance.
On the eve of Santo TomáS market day, the theatre is completely destroyed by a fire.
1916 – 1918
The theatre’s reconstruction process is a perfect example of lack of coordination between all the parties involved. At one point, someone even gives the order to tear down what has just been rebuilt.
Four years after reconstruction began, the Theatre is inaugurated for the second time.
The partnership Sociedad Nuevo Teatro de Bilbao leases the theatre out to the Diestro family.
After a long legal battle between the partnership and the leasing over a raise in the lease, the partnership recovers the keys.
1963 – 1978
The theatre is leased out to the Trueba performances company.
The declaration of the Old Quarter of Bilbao as a historical and artistic treasure benefits the Arriaga theatre.
The legal requirements to declare the theatre a historical and artistic monument are initiated.
The Theatre becomes municipal property.
Reforms are carried out on the building to reinforce its structure.
The building is seriously damaged during the floods that inundate the city.
The Town Council incorporates the municipal Centro de Actividades Culturales del Teatro Arriaga company to manage the Theatre.
The theatre reopens when the rebuilding has been completed.
The Arriaga Theatre celebrates its first centenary.