It is one of the largest and most iconic performance spaces of the city and of the country, attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators every year. The building, which is classified as a Monument of Public Interest, was inaugurated on 19 December 1941 and was designed in the Art Deco style by Cassiano Branco and Júlio de Brito. The Porto Coliseum hosts musical and dance performances, as well as circus and theater.
From rock to fado, it is a mandatory stage for great national and international artists. In 1995, a religious congregation tried to buy the building to turn it into a church, but a movement of citizens prevented the conversion of the Coliseum and it continued as a cultural space. The Association of the Friends of the Porto Coliseum, constituted at that time, still manages the space.