Cine en Ballaja

Norzagaray Street,
San Juan 00907

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dervauerbach on October 8, 2005 at 3:35 am

Cine en Ballajá is presently closed, however I have recently been informed by the owner, Cynthia Wiesner, that the theater is still undergoing negotiations with the Office of Historic Preservation, and that there is a chance it will reopen. Anyone interested in providing support to this cause should send an e-mail to
As for the brush-off on redundant programming, posted here by josem, aside from the the cinema’s unparalleled location, Ballaja was the only theater serving Old San Juan, and it ran a series of completely unique festivals that included works by Chaplin, women filmmakers, independent Puerto Rican cinema and gay cinema. There is presently nothing like this in Puerto Rico, and perhaps outside of Cuba, in the Caribbean.

josem on August 12, 2005 at 7:03 am

Cine en Ballaja also had the problem that they were essentially playing the same movies as Fine Arts. And people would rather go there than go through the hassle and traffic problems of Old San Juan.

skankypepe on August 1, 2005 at 12:45 am

thanx for the info where did you find the article

dervauerbach on July 28, 2005 at 10:19 am

Cine en Ballaja will officially close July 31, 2005. A court hearing is set for August 3 to determine whether the cinema will be able to reopen, however given the disputes with the Puerto Rico Office of Historic Preservation, which has failed to meet its contractual obligations for commercial and cultural development of the Ballajá site, it is likely that Puerto Rico will lose this cinematic gem.

skankypepe on July 10, 2005 at 2:24 pm

pictures of the outside of the Ballaja building can be found here…

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and more…

you can also take a virtual tour of the barrack as well as it’s beautifull courtyard here…

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