Text and photos: Javier Prieto Gallego / Translation: Amy Harmon
In the photograph, there’s a curtain painted by Leónidas Galicia in 1903, displayed at the Teatro Calderón -Calderón Theather- in Valladolid. It depicts a scene from «El Alcalde de Zalamea» in commemoration of the theater’s inaugural performance.
The Teatro Calderón is one of the most significant historical buildings in Valladolid, with a rich history. It was inaugurated on September 29, 1864, with a performance of «El Alcalde de Zalamea.»
During that time, Valladolid was experiencing economic prosperity, with the emergence of new businesses and a growing affluent bourgeoisie eager to enrich their social lives. The theater and attending theatrical performances perfectly fulfilled this role. Hence, there was a determination to establish a society that would promote its construction and address the many challenges encountered along the way. Currently, the theater serves as the main venue for the renowned Valladolid International Film Week, SEMINCI.