Drive-In de Cobian

Calle Santa Rosa,
Monacillos 00926

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Cobian’s Drive-In for many years served as San Juan’s only drive-in. It was located in San Juan’s southern suburb of Monacillos. The drive-in was built on land leased from a small Rio Piedras farm. It was named after Rafael Ramos Cobian who was one of Puerto Rico’s cinema magnates, who owned the cinema chained who built the theater.

Unfortunately, the drive-in shared the same fate as most other drive-in’s in Puerto Rico and was forced to closed down in the early 1970’s.

Contributed by Jose Otero Buenaga

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josejuan823
josejuan823 on March 21, 2008 at 2:34 am

Hey! My name is Jose Juan Garcia and i am currently doing a reaserch about the Drive-in Culture in Puerto Rico. I had found 7 and only 1 is working at the moment. Im looking for PHOTOS and/or information about them. Here is the list so far:

-Auto Cine Santana. Arecibo, PR
-Auto Cine Del Atlantico. Hatillo, PR
-Santa Maria Drive-In. Ponce, PR
. Carolina, PR
-International Drive In. Bayamon, PR
. Isabela, PR
-Drive-In de Cobian. Cupey, PR

josejuan823
josejuan823 on March 21, 2008 at 2:36 am

You can contact me anytime at 787-598-3238

AGRoura
AGRoura on June 13, 2010 at 4:41 pm

The husband-wife couple who managed the theater were related to Cobian by marriage, They lived in a house built under the screen.

rrstar96
rrstar96 on June 7, 2011 at 9:20 am

I’m under the impression that the owners of the International Drive-In in Bayamón also lived on their theater’s premises.

rooseveltdoc
rooseveltdoc on October 28, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I am doing a documentary about Cine Roosevelt. If you have any memorabilia or information about Teatros Cobian, the original owners of the cinema, please contact me at

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