Garcia Barbon Theatre, also known as Afundacion Vigo Theatre (Galician: Teatro Afundación Vigo) for sponsorship reasons, is a 994-seat performing arts center in Vigo, Spain. Designed by Spanish architect Antonio Palacios, it was built in 1927 on the site formerly occupied by the Rosalia de Castro Theatre, destroyed by fire in 1910.

Afundacion Vigo Theatre
Teatro Afundación Vigo
Facade of the theater.
Former namesRosalia de Castro Theatre
Alternative namesGarcia Barbon Theatre
General information
TypeTheatre and library
LocationVigo, Galicia, Spain
Coordinates42°14′16.45″N 8°43′24.2″W / 42.2379028°N 8.723389°W / 42.2379028; -8.723389
Construction started1913
Design and construction
Architect(s)Desiderio Pernas & Antonio Palacios
Official website



Former building


The construction of the original theatre was funded by a enthusiastic group of locals who wanted to promote theatrical culture in the city. After years of economic problems, the theatre was opened on July 15, 1900 as "Rosalía de Castro Theatre" and its first performance was the opera Aida.

Years after its inauguration and after a period of economic difficulties, the theater went bankrupt. It was a store for a short period of time before popular support and benefactor José García Barbon recovered the property and returned it to play representations.

On February 8, 1910, after the function in Carnival Tuesday, a fire completely charred the building, leaving the city without a theater again. Three years later, thanks to José García Barbon’s nieces who decided to continue the work of his uncle. The Galician architect Antonio Palacios was commissioned for the construction of the new theatre building. Described as Neo-Baroque, a mainstream style in the beginning of the twentieth century, it was inspired by the Paris Opera of Charles Garnier and the Arriaga Theatre of Bilbao.

New building


The new theatre was opened on April 23, 1927, under the name of Garcia Barbon theatre, but it was also an auditorium and Casino, where people can see different kinds of show and becoming a meeting point.

During the seventies the building was bought by "Caja de Ahorros Municipal de Vigo" a regional Savings Bank from the same city. This entity spent more than 6 million Euros in an important rehabilitation project done by the architect Desiderio Pernas, expanding the theatre, creating a library in a new top floor and giving a new image to the building.

On March 22 of 1984 the building was reopened as the “Centro Cultural Caixanova” to be the bigger project conducted by the entity.[1]


  1. ^ "García Barbón Theatre". Concello de Vigo. Archived from the original on 15 November 2023. Retrieved 15 November 2023.