Teatro Cinerama

1650 Avenida Fernadez Juncos,
San Juan 00907

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joseangel
joseangel on July 6, 2013 at 2:16 pm

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.

joseangel
joseangel on January 26, 2013 at 12:26 pm

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.

JSA
JSA on January 25, 2013 at 7:00 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

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm

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

rooseveltdoc
rooseveltdoc on October 28, 2012 at 1:35 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, and someone from the Cobian family I might interview please contact me at

kishka
kishka on August 27, 2012 at 11:27 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.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 22, 2012 at 8:09 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

gungo
gungo on July 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm

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.

AGRoura
AGRoura on July 22, 2011 at 4:36 pm

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.

AGRoura
AGRoura on July 22, 2011 at 4:33 pm

The Cinerama opened on a week day with How The West… Films opened in San Juan on Wednesdays or Thursdays. Saturday openings were for Easter openings because in the 60’s, during Holy Week, most theaters showed reissues of religious films like The 10 Commandments.

rrstar96
rrstar96 on September 24, 2010 at 10:06 am

The Cinerama even played the soft-porn science-fiction spoof “Flesh Gordon” back in the 1970s.

AGRoura
AGRoura on February 23, 2010 at 10:50 am

Bob, as some contributor here know, I was in the film business in PR in the 60’s. ALL films in the English language were shown in English with Spanish subtitles, including Cinerama films of course. Maybe animated films for children alternated English and Spanish or used the Spanish version in “la isla”, but I am not sure because Commonwealth did not book many animated films. Disney’s Sword and the Stone was shown with subtitles at the Plaza 2. The cost of booking a film did not have anything to do with the language or if it had subtitles. It had to do with quality, star power, etc. Foreign films were in English most of the time if not all the time, because they were booked through their US distributors' offices in PR (MGM, Columbia, Fox, etc.). In the case of The Longest Day, the soundtrack was in English. French and German and had both Spanish and English subtitles. Originally the film had Spanish subtitles only but we requested Fox to add English subtitles for non Spanish speaking customers, at no extra cost for us. The only ones who had to pay for subtitling a film were independent distributors like World Films. Subtitling cost about $1,500 and did not affect the booking/rental cost. Subtitling was easy, print the titles on the negative and then print the copies of the film.

JSA
JSA on February 22, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Bob,

Sorry for the somewhat delayed response.

I don’t have an exact address, but my guess is 1650. The theater would have been be on the southeast corner. And no elevated parking. I would park on side streets, usually Bolivar, or San Jorge. Or take the bus ( #42, if I remember correctly).

JSA

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 18, 2010 at 9:08 am

Please help me out, here in Illinois. I am trying to find my way around Santurce using the CINERAMA as a starting point. It would help to have the exact address of this theater so I can find the building on the satellite photo and see what it looks like from the air.

I think the cross street is Cll Bolivar and it would have an address something like 1647 Avenida Fernadez Juncos. If you type 1647 before the street on the map—-is that the theater on the northwest corner? If that’s the building it looks like it has ramps on the roof, did it have parking on the roof?

It would nice to find the exact address so it could be added to this site.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 14, 2010 at 7:11 pm

JSA,

This is a quote I found concerning CINERAMA in San Juan.

“Ran both English and Spanish sound versions at different performances”

That’s all I know.

It seems to me that I remember from a long time ago that 3-strip CINERAMA would change the language on the 4th strip/sound track “film” sometimes. This might have been easier than adding subtitles?

I hope someone can add some light to this.

JSA
JSA on February 14, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Bob,

Interesting topic!

“2001: A Space Odyssey” was shown in English at the Metro in Ponce De Leon Avenue.

I never saw a film in Puerto Rico with a Spanish soundtrack, unless it was from Latin America or Spain. All the English-speaking films I saw there (from the mid-60’s to mid 80’s) were sub-titled. That’s not saying it didn’t happen, I just did not see or remember any. However, some of the coming attraction trailers had a Spanish speaking narrator.

Someone told me that these days some theaters show movies dubbed in Spanish, particularly family friendly fare.

JSA

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 14, 2010 at 9:48 am

widescreenman-

Teatro CINERAMA ran 3-strip CINERAMA from, Tuesday, May 4, 1965 till Sunday, December 12, 1965.

70mm CINERAMA started Saturday, December 25, 1965.

It had a LOUVERED Screen 75 ft by 35 ft.

I know for sure that I saw CIRCUS WORLD in the theater in 1966. I may have seen other CINEARAMA Movies in San Juan, but I’m not always positve what CINERAMA Films I saw in what cities.

I am sure I saw CIRCUS WORLD with an English soundtrack.

Is anyone able to add anything about CINERAMA Movies that played in Puerto Rico with Spanish soundtracks?

JSA
JSA on July 29, 2009 at 12:51 am

While on vacation at PR, this last weekend, I took a late night drive on the Fernandez Juncos Ave., and was shocked to see how much it has changed. The Cinerama is still somewhat recognizable from the outside, but it looks like it’s all boarded up and no longer functioning as a carpet store. Very depressing. And don’t get me going on the Metropolitan…

JSA

widescreendude
widescreendude on March 18, 2008 at 10:19 pm

Hi Thanks for the wonderful photo of the Cinerama back home , it brings memories of probably more friendly user times !…

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 18, 2008 at 7:27 pm

ALSO KNOW AS, CINERAMA

“How the West Was Won” in 3-sitrip CINERAMA, played from May 4, 1965 for 18 weeks.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, This is CINERAMA!” Lowell Thomas, September 30, 1952

JSA
JSA on March 9, 2007 at 1:46 pm

Yes, it is.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 1, 2007 at 9:51 pm

Here is a photo. I think it’s the same one that LM posted and was later deleted:
http://tinyurl.com/2oxkn3

JSA
JSA on November 26, 2006 at 10:37 pm

Widescreenman: You’re welcome! I also saw “2001” for the first time at the Metro way, way back!

I also wanted to add to my post above that, to the best of my knowledge, Super Panavision Cinerama features did not receive the optical correction given to the Ultra Panavision version of Cinerama. There’s a lot of information (and misinformation too!) out there on Cinerama and 70 mm (Super Panavision, Todd-AO, etc.) in general. My top recommended internet information sources are: Martin Hart’s “American Widescreen Museum”, Michael Coate and William Kallay’s “From Script to DVD”, and “in70mm.com”.

Regards, JSA

widescreendude
widescreendude on November 24, 2006 at 5:34 pm

Hi JSA ,

Thanks for the info ! By the way I went tothe 2001 Space Odissey at the Metro during those years and it was a wonderful experience, it changed my life !Even though i am a professional musician my outlook of modern music was affected dramatically !!

Best !!

JSA
JSA on November 24, 2006 at 12:19 pm

Spelling correction to my post above:

“Last year, I had the opportunity to see “How the West was Won”, screened in its original 3-strip format at the Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles.”

JSA