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From monumental temple to fair booth: transformations about urban space and theatrical

di Jeanne Moisand
in Memoria e Ricerca n.s. 29 (2008), p. 29

This article compares the construction of theaters in Madrid and Barcelona from the 1830’s to the 1910’s by looking at the various forms and types of theaters, as well as those who funded them. As the history of books has shown, we can gain a better understanding of the social uses of cultural goods by analyzing the material forms in which they are produced and distributed. In the two Spanish main capital cities, the architectural evolutions of theater buildings, social changes in the constructors’ milieux, and the movement of theater sites out of the city centers to suburban areas, show how theater descended from an elitist form of culture to a mass consumption good, available to partly illiterate populations.