In 1990, a group of enthusiasts walked into the derelict ruin that the Grodzka Gate was at that time. The first NN Theatre premiere took place on 11th May.
From then on, the Grodzka Gate and its neighbouring tenement houses have become completely renovated, and in 1998 the theatre was renamed “The Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre. Nowadays, the Centre's activities are spread between three locations: the Grodzka Gate, the Underground Trail (the Tribunal) and the House of Words (Żmigród Street). The mission of telling the history of Lublin connects all these places.
To better understand the genesis of “The Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre” Centre's activities, one must keep in mind that the location of the Grodzka Gate is directly in the centre of where the Lublin Jewish quarter once had been. In the place that used to be full of houses, synagogues and streets, now is an enormous parking lot, new houses and an express road. A considerable part of this area has been covered with concrete. Under this concrete shell – along with the foundations of old Jewish buildings - the memory of those who once lived here has been buried. Over the years, the Gate has been transformed into a place like in the Ark of Memory – old photographs, documents and testimonies are preserved for posterity. All these materials can be seen at the exhibition Lublin. Memory of the Place inside the Gate.