Teatro Victoria

Calle Victoria & Calle Union,

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Antiguo Teatro Victoria en la Calle Union esq. Calle Victoria, Ponce, PR

I found this theater while sightseeing in the beautiful city of Ponce in Puerto Rico. It still has a marquee with the name "Victoria" but it clearly looks like it has been closed for years.

It does not appear to have been divided and I was unable to determine an archtitectural style, though the city itself is a feast of architectural varieties.

Any additional information would be greatly appreciated.

Contributed by Luis Vazquez

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Luis Vazquez
Luis Vazquez on August 28, 2009 at 4:13 pm

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davsot on August 13, 2011 at 11:27 pm

This is on the corner of Calle Victoria and Calle Unión.

Dragonfly on October 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Davsot is correct, the theater in question (Teatro Victoria) is at the Corner of Calle Unión and Calle Victoria. It is on the northeast corner of the intersection, and its entrance faces Calle Unión thus the Calle Unión and Calle Victoria description. I believe I have a photo of the theater (half-fallen marquee and all) that I could share with this site if anyone is interested.

BTW, someone posted a question about Teatro Victoria in the Teatro Fox Delicias page of this site, referent to a theater on Calle Comercio, also in Ponce. The theater in Calle Comercio was called “Teatro Nacional”. For the sake of rounding up a complete list of all the theaters in Ponce of those bygone 1930s to 1970s years, there were the following other theaters in Ponce before the move to sites near malls: (1) Teatro Fox Delicias, was, of course, on Calle Plaza Munoz Rivera, between Calles Union and Atocha, and I have already mentioned (2)Teatro Victoria, at NE corner of Victoria and Union streets, and (3) Teatro National which was located on Calle Comercio, between Calle Cruz and Belgica’s Calle 3, then there were (4)Teatro Hollywood, on Calle Villa SW corner of Calle Esperanza, (5)Teatro Argel, on Calle Victoria between Calle Distrito and (almost SW corner of) Calle Fogos (6)Teatro Belgica, on Calle Colombia esq. Calle Gran Via, (7)Teatro Rex, on Calle Mayor Cantera esq. Calle del Agua, and (8) Teatro Miramar, at Playa de Ponce on Calle Arias NE corner of Calle Alfonso XII. I cannot confirmed this officially yet, but the historic, and sadly extinct, Teatro Hollywood, was located I believe (unconfirmed) on the NE corner of Calle Mayor Cantera and Calle Isabel. Regards.

Dragonfly on October 26, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Almost forgot: Adding to the list of vintage teathers in Ponce, Number 9 would be Teatro Rivoli, which was located on the SW corner of the intersection of Calle Leon and Calle Sol.

Luis Vazquez
Luis Vazquez on January 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Dragonfly, please add those theaters to the Ponce inventory. I was just thinking that I found it impossible to believe that a city as prosperous and cultured as Ponce could have been home to only e theaters currently posted above. I don’t count the Emperador as this was a newish duplex. Please post all of the information you have as well as that photo of the Victoria. Thanks! Luis

Dragonfly on January 10, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I hope to get to adding the missing Ponce theaters this weekend. BTW, there was also Teatro Miramar in barrio Playa. That one was located on Calle Arias corner of Calle Alfonso XII. Also, Teatro Rex (which I mentioned before) was located on Calle Mayor Cantera ACROSS from Calle del Agua (also known as Calle Acueducto). To be specific, the theater is located on the east side of Calle Mayor Cantera. Earlier I said it was located on Calle Mayor Cantera corner of Calle del Agua, but since Calle del Agua ends at Mayor Cantera (forming a “T” so to speak), just wanted to clarify that the Rex was not located at neither the NW nor the SW corners, but ACROSS from where Calle del Agua ends, that is, the theater would be in front of you as you approach Calle Mayor Cantera driving eastbound from Calle del Agua. Hope this hleps!

Dragonfly on October 4, 2013 at 8:38 pm

To the Monitoring Admin: The address should read “Calle Union & Calle Victoria”, since it faces Calle Union. Thanks.

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