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The Yaguez Theater was inaugurated in 1909 in the urban center of the town of Mayaguez. It was built by Mr. Francisco Maymon Palmer who was a local pioneer of the silent film industry. Even before silent films became popular in Puerto Rico Mr. Maymon would bring them from across the world and distributed them throughout the island. In Mayaguez he and his partners exhibited silent films in the old municipal theater until they built the Yaguez.
In 1919 there was a terrible fire which destroyed much of the Yaguez and took the lives of 150 people; however the theater was rebuilt to its former beauty in the baroque style. In 1976 the theater was declared a historic landmark (National Register: 85003086) and the fallowing year it was acquired by the municipal government of Mayaguez. The theater stands today as a performing arts center and the municipality’s main performing arts venue.
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