Teatro Francisco Oller

Calle Doctor Veve 56,
Bayamon 00960

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Teatro Francisco Oller

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This monumental theater was built in 1938 in Bayamon, one of San Juan’s metropolitan municipalities. It was built as a community theater by the Oller family. This theater holds up to one thousand viewers making it one of Puerto Rico’s largest historic cinemas. In 1985, the theater was acquired by the municipal government of Bayamon to serve as a place for live performances. Later it was bought by Luisito Vigoreaux who has turned it into a successful performing arts center focused on children’s theater.

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 18, 2008 at 5:47 pm

I was living in beautiful Puerto Rico back in 1966 and I remember advertisements in the movie section of the English Language Newspaper “The San Juan Star” about who was Charmian Carr and that you would be able to see her in Puerto Rico. This of course was to get your intrest up, because as time went on the papers let on that she played Liesl in “The Sound of Music”.

The widescreen, large-format cinematography, 70mm TODD-AO, 6 track stereophonic sound, music filled soundtrack, presentation was shown as a reserved seat “roadshow” engagement at this theater. It opened on March 30, 1966. Usually when it played, it would be for a long time, alas, I do not know how long it played here.

In Latin America Spanish it was called: “La Nonicia Rebelde”, “The Rebellious Novice”.

Not very much information is given about this theater, Did it show other “roadshow” movies? If my information is for the wrong theater, or you have more information on this theater, please email us!

“The hills are alive with the sound of music.” Oscar Hammerstein II 1895-1960

LuisV on November 24, 2008 at 9:27 am

Does anyone know the current state of this theater? The intro says it has been converted into a succesful children’s theater but it is also listed as “Closed”. Which one is it? Also, can anyone share information about the interior? This is a particularly large theater in Puerto Rico with possibly only the Yaguez in Mayaguez being larger.

davsot on December 31, 2009 at 11:27 am

It seems like at any given moment, it could be used for performances. It’s definitely not abandoned, but it wasn’t open when I went by. =o

AGRoura on February 4, 2010 at 4:18 am

I was the District and Advertising Manager for Commonwealth Theaters of PR, later Wometco, in the 1960’s.
The Oller theater was owned by the Oller family, pioneers of the film business in PR. They also owned the Carmen theater in Bayamón. One of the brothers, Jorge, was a vice president of Commonwealth.
The Oller did not have 70mm equipment. Sound of Music premiered at the Metropolitan in Santurce where all the big 70mm films premiered at the time until the Metro installed 70mm in the late 60’s. The Metropolitan played roadshow but seats were not reserved.
Charmian Carr visited PR as part of a promotional tour for Latin America and we re-issued Sound of Music at the Metropolitan to take avantage of the tour. She made an appearance at the first night of the re-issue and got a lot of publicity and also by having her visit Mayor Felisa Rincón among other activities.
I chauffeured Charmian around during her stay in San Juan.
The Oller was not a first run house, it played films after they had played in San Juan with an occasional “day and date” or simultaneous release with one or more San Juan theaters.

AGRoura on February 4, 2010 at 6:18 am

LUISMEL, I don’t remember a Teatro Presidente in Rio Piedras or anywhere else in Puerto Rico.

rrstar96 on August 4, 2011 at 6:27 am

I went to the Oller a few times and watched “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, a European animated feature titled “Once Upon a Time”, “The Ten Commandments” one Holy Week, and “The Deep”.

rrstar96 on August 4, 2011 at 6:28 am

[Reposting] AGR: Teatro President (not Presidente) was located on De Diego Street in Ri­o Piedras, not far from Plaza del Mercado. After it closed, a clothing store opened in its place.

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