Teatro Cinerama

1650 Avenida Fernadez Juncos,
San Juan 00907

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Teatro Cinerama

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This was a fine Cinerama theater. Most of the truly epic films of the 1960’s and 1970’s were shown here. Between epics, they would also show many B-horror movies. For a time Wometco was the owner of this magnificent theater.

One of the last epic films shown there was "Reds". It closed down a year later (1984).

The building became a carpet store, but this was closed by July 2009.

Contributed by josem Jose Mendez

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AGRoura
AGRoura on July 22, 2011 at 10:36 am

PS: Also, in the 60’s, attendance during Holy Week was poor since many people stayed at home or went to religious services, that is why they opened on Easter Saturday, then known as Glorious Saturday, end of Lent.

gungo
gungo on July 21, 2012 at 10:59 am

I walked over and took a new photo today. The actual address is 1648 Fernandez Juncos. The larger building with the ramps that was mentioned was the Dept of National Parks building that is being demolished as part of Santurce’s redevelopment. Building is now Paonessa Carpets – on the southeast corner of Fernandez Juncos and Calle Bolivar. BTW – I live next to the old Hotel Metropol near the former Metropolitan, so if anyone needs photos, just point me in the right direction with address or description and I’ll try to fill in some of the theaters without photos.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 22, 2012 at 2:09 am

gungo, thanks for the photo you took yesterday and info! Did you get to go inside to buy a carpet/see what’s left of the CINERAMA? I saw “CIRCUS WORLD” in CINERAMA in that theatre. I was stationed at the U.S. Naval Station Roosevelt Roads in 1966 and flew back in many, many times till about 1990. I would love to see photos of any theaters, correct address, and info you care to add to CT. My plan was to vacation back to Puerto Rico, and do just that, but now my wife is sick for us to do that. Chief Bob Jensen Manteno, Illinois

kishka
kishka on August 27, 2012 at 5:27 pm

great special-feel theater where i saw several musicals during the seventies such as “mame” and “you can’t stop the music.”

I grew-up and lived in Puerto Rico’s San Juan metropolitan area between 1970 and 1989. my special event cinemas were Plaza1 y 2, Laguna Gardens, and Cinerama. Second best were: Radio City (Saturday Night Fever), Puerto Rico (several james Bond movies), Metropolitan (Sound of Music, Sleeper) and of course Music Hall (Barefoot in the Park and several Disney movies.) those theaters now have mythic qualities in my memories specially when i think of the many joyless, drab, and badly maintained movie theaters of the present.

rooseveltdoc
rooseveltdoc on October 28, 2012 at 7:35 am

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

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 28, 2012 at 8:29 am

This webpage includes an interior picture of the theater showing its impressive Cinerama screen.

JSA
JSA on January 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm

It is with great sadness that I write these words. Mr. Andres Roura, CT member and dear friend, passed away Monday, January 14, 2013 in New York City. Mr. Roura contributed to CT under the names of Andres, andreco and AGR. He was an avid enthusiast of Cinerama and 70 MM. During his years in the “business”, he worked in the Ponce De Leon & Fernandez Juncos theatre “district” so to speak, including the Metropolitan, the Metro and of course the Cinerama, to name a few. His correspondence, conversations, anecdotes, tremendous generosity and advice will be missed, but not forgotten.

JSA

joseangel
joseangel on January 26, 2013 at 7:26 am

It is with great sadness that I inform you the passing the Andres Roura, a great contributor to these pages about movie theaters in Puerto Rico. I had the privilege of meeting Andres thanks to this site and our long lunch conversations about movies and movie theaters are things I will always treasure. And I will miss his weekly e-mails telling me about movies on TCM. Que en paz descanses.

joseangel
joseangel on July 6, 2013 at 8:16 am

I remember seeing so many movies at the Cinerama. “The Sting”, “Winning”, “When Legends Die”. Also “Earthquake” and the Pink Panther movies. I loved this movie theater. It was so different from all others in San Juan. The perfect place to watch movies.

cineast
cineast on July 22, 2013 at 7:34 pm

The Cassandra Crossing also played here in 1975.

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