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The old Fausto theater was the property of entrepreneur Luis Estrada. It had a presidential box with “boudoir” and separate entrance. It was redesigned by architect and engineer Saturnino M. Parajón y Amaro.
Joe, Thank you for the clarification. I was under the impression that on avenues the odd numbers were on the west side, even numbers on the east, judging from the RKO Coliseum, the Uptown, the Loew’s 175th Street, Theresa Pharmacy, Washington Heights Federal Savings.
Ed, it took me a long time, but I’ve just realized now (I had surgery yesterday and now looked at it with fresh eyes) that the Heights Theater I remember was on the west side of the street, so the address would NOT have been 150. The building to the north of it is #145, so I guess it must have been 151. But there’s no trace of a second story left.
I remembered I also saw in that theater “Top Banana” in 1954 with Phil Silvers and Rose Marie.
All the theaters were operating on December 31, 1958.
This photograph must be from 1958. Notice the “Hatuey” beer and Coca-Cola signs. The movie theaters Riviera, Radiocentro, La Rampa, Rodi, Atlantic, Trianón, Olimpic, 23 y 12, Acapulco and Ambar were all located within 20 miles.
A country festival was advertised in the Atenas website at the theater on Tuesday afternoon, May 17, 2011 at 2:00 for Farmer’s day.
This movie theater stood high on the corner of Calzada del Cerro and Infanta, had a lone palm tree in front and was modest and very old. It was named after Italian actor Rodolfo Valentino. I was never inside, but it showed “Tania la bella salvaje”, a 1948 Mexican movie with Rosa Carmina. I believe it was torn down in the ‘80’s to make way for some apartment buildings.
This movie theater had been named after Major General Carlos Manuel de Céspedes del Castillo.
This theater was named after the longest river in the country.
The small town of Cabezas in the province of Matanzas had a population of 3,677 and 707 houses, but it had its movie theater.
It looks as if the building were not torn down, more like rebuilt. It seems to me you can still see the original 3 windows.
Thanks, BobFurmanek. It’s been a long time. Good memory (or reference).
This theater was named after octogenarian primary teacher Don Alejandro Miramón Casanovas.
This theater was for many years called “Fausto”.
The architect of this theater was Silvino Payrol.
This theater was NOT inaugurated on December 23, 1965. Located before Gral. Lacret Park, across the church of Our Lady of Dolores, it had 533 seats and was operating before December 31, 1958. http://www.panoramio.com/photo/4264106
The theater was inaugurated in neoclassical style between Tatán Méndez and Lugareño.
This movie theater was located on Prensa between Washington and Agua Dulce in Las Cañas.
This theater was inaugurated on 15 April, 1838 by Catalonian owner Francisco Marty Torrens, as the Gran Teatro Tacón, named after Spanish Governor Captain General Miguel Tacón, its architect was Antonio Mayo. When the ornate Centro Gallego was built on that site, Paseo del Prado 452 and San Rafael, in 1914, in German neo-baroque style designed by Belgian architect Paul Belau, the Teatro Nacional was located in the building. From the late teens to the early 40’s, it was the best and largest theater in the city. It also showed films. I saw Mexican charro Jorge Negrete perform there live on stage around 1949.
This movie theater was located between Ayestarán and Almendares streets, in “Ensanche”, next to the “Trocadero” Distillery, which at some point made Havana Club rum. There was a triangular park in the next block to the west.
What a crying shame!
This movie theater was located on Calle B between 25 and 27, west or even-number side, opened around 1930. Amadeu Vives i Roig, a Catalan musical composer born in Collbató, Barcelona, in 1876, went to Cuba on a tour in 1924. It was the first movie I ever attended as a child. I read that only the steps remain leading up to the lot where the theater used to stand.
This theater was inaugurated in 1920, designed by architect Joaquín Emilio Weiss y Sánchez. It was once very elegant. It is erroneously positioned in El Cerro on the street map, it was located on Línea between Paseo and A in Vedado. Eight of the 29 theaters listed are positioned on the street map at Avenida Independencia and Lombillo Street in El Cerro. That spot is just where Google chose to place the name Havana.
This theater was inaugurated on 21 January 1877, owned by opulent Catalonian Joaquín Payret, trying to rival Teatro Tacón. It was consecutively known as Teatro de la Paz and Coliseo Rojo. It is purportedly the first theater in the country to show movies, in 1897. It was rebuilt in 1951. I saw “Canaima” there with Jorge Negrete and Charito Granados. The theater is incorrectly positioned on the street map, it was on Prado and San José.