Cine Yara

Calle L 363,

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In the days of Cinerama in Havana Cuba

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Cine Yara was built between 1945 and 1947, it opened on 23rd December 1947 as the Teatro Warner Radiocentro with 1,650 seats, and was operated by Warner Bros. It is located in the Vedado district of Havana on Calle L at Esquina 23.

It is a pioneering building of the ‘Modern Movement’ in Cuba and was designed by architects Emilio de Junco III, Miguel Gaston and Manuel Domiguez. The cinema is part of a complex which includes an office block that contains its stage fly-tower. The main auditorium is used for film, with three 30-seat capacity rooms for video projection, located upstairs.

It is considered the ‘main’ cinema in Havana and hosts many film festivals and gala screenings.

Contributed by Lost Memory

Recent comments (view all 20 comments)

irishcine on September 2, 2007 at 4:01 am

A few recent photos of the Yara, which is still open, undivided and operating as a cinema are here.

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channing on May 11, 2008 at 2:23 am

Does anyone have a photo of the theatre when it was running Cinerama films? Especially when the theatre had the Cinerama logo on it? Thanks!

MPol on January 6, 2010 at 7:48 pm

This looks like a cool theatre. Any photos of the interior? Just curious.

Tobias52 on September 2, 2010 at 7:00 am

Hi, does anyone out there know the name of the cinema that Errol Flynn co-owned in Havana?

tommyboy on January 3, 2012 at 11:30 am

Hi have just posted picture of when it was Radio Centro Cinerama

guarina on May 18, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Lostmemory, I have a list of most (134) movie theaters and a few photographs in Havana and environs, with their seating capacity. Does the site have an e-mail address where I could send it? I’m not on Facebook, YouTube, don’t have a scanner, don’t tweet or anything modern, my limit is e-mail.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 18, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Guarina. If you click on ‘About’ at the top right of the page, you will be sent to a page which will give details of how to contact us by clicking ‘Contact’. You can send your list & photos to us by clicking on the ‘theatre updates’ address….

guarina on May 21, 2012 at 10:33 pm

This theater first opened on December 23, 1947 with the name Warner (Warner-Pathé) as part of the CMQ Radiocentro complex, owned by brothers Goar and Abel Mestre. I remember seeing Los Chavales de España on stage. It was later adapted for Cinerama. It is erroneously positioned on the street map in El Cerro, it was on L and 23 Streets in Vedado.

Cimarron on February 2, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Pic of Cine Yara in 1940’s as Warner, added to Photo Section.

Cimarron on March 10, 2014 at 2:01 am

guarina, are the newer digital projection / film systems in use in this or other Cuban Theater’s? Just curious about the fascinating Cuban Theater history and evolution. Thanks

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