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Its origins date back to the 16th century, when it was built as the Hospital de la Santa Creu. Known as a place for comedies, in the 19th century it gained popularity thanks to its opera performances, and it wasn't until 1840 when it adopted the name that would stick, Teatre Principal. Decadence arrived at the start of the 20th centurty with a change of ownership and, after being a venue for cinema, variety shows and zarzuelas, among others, it stopped working as a theatre in 2006. Now there are nights when it's a dance club, or when you can take in performances of cabaret and the like.