The land where the theatre is to be built is opposite Torre del Mar's indoor swimming pool / e. cabezas

Building contract awarded for Torre del Mar theatre

The project has been divided into three phases, with a completion period of 18 months and work to start in the first quarter of 2022

Eugenio Cabezas
EUGENIO CABEZAS

The contract to start building Torre del Mar’s first theatre has been awarded, according to Vélez-Málaga town hall. The contract, which was awarded last Thursday, is for three of the four phases of the project, at a total cost of 6,172,132.61 euros and an initial completion period of 18 months.

The four phases are divided into: civil works for the foundations and structure, civil works except foundations and structure, bathroom equipment, seats, office furniture and street furniture. The final phase is stage equipment, the contract for which has yet to be put out to tender.

Torre del Mar councillor Jesús Pérez Atencia said, "This is major news which, without a doubt, is the definitive step towards Torre del Mar finally having the theatre it deserves and that residents have been asking for for so long.”

The building will have more than 500 seats and house a multi-purpose stage to host theatre, classical music concerts, conferences, conventions and exhibitions. The main foyer will have a surface area of 365 square metres and be just over 10 metres high, allowing it to function as an exhibition hall.

However, the project has come under fire from opposition parties. The new local president and spokesman for the Partido Popular, Jesús Lupiáñez, told SUR that Atencia “does not understand that at this time the economic conditions in our town do not exist to invest this significant amount of money in a facility which in turn will have a maintenance cost.” He added, “We also believe that this is how the citizens understand it.”

Spokesman for Andalucía por Sí, José Pino, considered it "incredible that eight million euros are being spent on the Torre del Mar theatre given the situation we have, when it makes no sense to have three theatres in our municipality. The Lope de Vega, which is in our historic centre, could become the second best theatre in the province after the Cervantes, with 1,000 seats.”