The theatre was built in 1870 after a fire produced in the previous Theatre of La Merced which left the middle class without a place to enjoy the entertainment.
The opening took place in December of the same year with the interpretation of the play of William Tell, having back then a capacity of around 2400 people.
The theatre ended up being abandoned until in 1984 the town hall of Malaga purchased the property of the Cervantes theatre and reconstructed it with the help of grants achieving a maximum capacity of 1171 seats, slightly less than half than what it had originally. The theatre reopened on the 6th of April 1987 offering a concert of the Symphonic Orchestra of Malaga.
In the theatre they present plays of all kinds, from dramas, comedies, operas or ballets to concerts of jazz, flamenco, rock, musicals and galas of all kinds.
The Cervantes theatre obtained in 2005 the denomination of Historical Complex.
To purchase theatre tickets you can do so in the very ticket windows of the theatre from mon to fri until one hour before the show or by calling 902 360 295 - 952 076 262 from monday to sunday.
Due to the rules the theatre opens its doors to the hall 30 minutes before the show starts.
The theatre is situated on Ramos Marin street.