The Teatre Principal (in Catalan, or in Spanish Teatro Principal) is the oldest theatre in Barcelona, founded in 1579, built in 1601 and rebuilt several times, mainly in 1788 and again in 1848. The theatre was originally named the Teatro de la Santa Cruz in Spanish (or Teatre de la Santa Creu in Catalan). It is located on the famous avenue of La Rambla.
It was the scene of the Spanish premieres on many plays and operas (since 1750 there was an stable opera season), and for the world premieres of Spanish works including operas by Ferran Sor, Vicenç Cuyàs or Ramon Carnicer.
^Harpers hand-book for travellers in Europe and the East ed. W.Pembroke Fetridge – 1881 "In addition to the Plaza de Toros, or bull-ring, there is the Teatro Principal, on the Rambla, for Spanish comedy and ballets, and the Teatro Romeo, for low comedy and farces."