Alcalá once had in the seventeenth century between the 3600 students that include such illustrious names as Lope de Vega and Calderón. Many companies coming comedians then to the city. Thanks to Francisco Sánchez carpenter these companies found a place to represent their work. He got a comedy theater in the Plaza de Cervantes.
The major research artESCENA team was instrumental in discovering that films of the hiding place inside a jewel of the seventeenth century, since the yard was dated in 1601. In the original structure are the stage theatrical performances, held in place by four studs and the moat that keeps a central support. There also remains part of the original floor pavement and the edge of the well. In 1769 was roofed with the existing wooden deck, turning into a coliseum-style built during the reign of Carlos III. Passed in 1831 to be romantic theater and in 1945 became cinema until its closure in 1972.
After years of neglect, the magnificent restoration, conducted by José María Pérez (Peridis), managed to give value to all historical periods alive in the yard of shoemakers, one of the oldest in Spain and Europe. Since April 2005 has an interesting theater program.