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This theater was originally named the Delicias and was owned by Pedro Armenteros, the owner of the Riviera on Loiza St.
The husband-wife couple who managed the theater were related to Cobian by marriage, They lived in a house built under the screen.
Sept. 12, 2008 post by ken, the link is about an Imax theater being built in San juan. I emailed Imax Corp. and they responded there were no plans for an Imax in SJ. Anyway, Imax would not compete with Fine Arts, it is a big screen format for certain films. lately used for special prints of mainstream movies including 3D versions. The Fine Arts building is owned by Caribbean Cinemas. It was bought by Caribbean’s president, Victor Carrady and 2 former VPs of Commonwealth Theaters. One of them passed away and don’t know if the estate is still a partner or sold the shares to Caribbean. I don’t know the whereabouts of the other partner. I think he retired to Florida.
In the 50s it played Spanish pictures. When Cobian leased the Circuito Llamas, it was remodeled and New was added to Broadway. The Llamas family took over his circuit in the early 60s. Columbia Pictures leased it in the mid or late 60s. Lawrence must have been a reissue as it premiered at the Metropolitan.
In the late 50s or early 60s, late actor RaÃºl DÃ¡vila, the late Helena MontalbÃ¡n and Axel Anderson, formed the La MÃ¡scara theatre company and performed on this auditoriun during weekends for several years. When RaÃºl relocated to the US, MontalbÃ n and Anderson continued with the company. I am not sure if Braulio Castillo was part of the company also.
I had the impression it was twined and some time later the other auditoriums were added in the basement. I may be wrong.
If I remember correctly, film roadshows also started at 8:40 in the time of Oklahoma, Around the Wold, etc.
For some reason legit theaters always started the show at 8:40PM. When crime went up in NYC in the late 70’s or 80s, curtain time was moved to 8PM so people would get out earlier and suburbanites would reach home safe. It has stayed that way even now when NYC is safe, or safer. I agree with saps in that art houses probably though an 8:40 show would make their presentations look more like a theatrical event.
REndres, thanks for the info.
Are digital “films” “projected”, sent to the screen via cable or played in a DVD machine? Will appreciate knowing how digital presentations work. Thanks in advance.
Good show! If I remember correctly the light curtain is called a traveler. In the past, in the old movie palaces, the main curtain was used at the beginning and end of the show and the traveler between trailers, short, newsreels and the main feature.
For roadshow movies with overtures and entre'act music, where trailers and shorts were not shown, the main curtain opened and the traveler remained closed for the overture and closed at the end of part 1, remained closed during the entre'act music and opened for part 2 and the traveler and curtain closed at the end. Many of these movies had a “black” few seconds of projection at the end of the overture and entre'act to give time for the traveler to open before the image came on the screen.
I agree with you saps, but If I want to see a show I will go. So I also agree with LuisV.
Â¿Hay seÃ±ales de vida en el Paramount? Â¿Como va la renovaciÃ³n? Â¿Alguien tiene fotos?