Inside Historic Havana Movie Theaters

posted by ThrHistoricalSociety on February 19, 2016 at 12:45 pm


Cuba is enjoying a rush of tourism since President Obama announced that travel and economic restrictions against the island would come crumbling down like the Berlin Wall.

Well, most of those restrictions are still in place more than a year later, but that hasn’t stopped the surge of curious gringos. If you happen to find yourself on a charter flight to the tiny Jose Marti International Airport, might I suggest you find some time away from Havana Vieja and mojitos to take in a movie in one of the country’s historic cinemas.

Forget about what you think movie theaters should and should not have. All of these are one screen movie houses, so if you miss a showing, you can only wait for the next one. If your show is sold out, there are no refunds, but your ticket will be (usually) honored at the next show. Around bigger movie houses, concessions can be bought from a street vendor hauling goods like cookies, pork rinds and plantain chips in a grocery cart. But you better get them before you get inside the theater that may or may not have house lights or running water. Here’s an honest look at some of Havana’s storied theaters.

Enjoy the article by Monica Castillo on Remzcala

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