Metro Cinema

Ponce de Leon Avenue 1255,
Pda. 18 Santurce,
San Juan 00909

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rooseveltdoc
rooseveltdoc on October 28, 2012 at 5:33 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

AGRoura
AGRoura on January 7, 2012 at 8:11 pm

PS – The interior is simple modern style, no Art Deco like the original, but it is fine for the times.

AGRoura
AGRoura on January 7, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Luis V: Though it is not the Metro we knew and loved, Caribbean Cinemas did a magnificent job in triplexing it, better than ones I have seen in the US mainland. The lobby is more or less the same, candy stand in the same place. The 3 auditoriums are sideways from left to right wall, with the #1, the largest, in the old stage/screen area and the #2 and 3 towards the lobby. Even the #3 is a reasonable size, not a shoebox. All have good sized screens relative to the size of the auditorium and good sound. I have been told the new seats installed recently are not as confortable as the original ones.I have not been at the Mero in a year (I live in NYC).

LuisV
LuisV on January 1, 2012 at 10:27 pm

can anyone comment on the condition of the interior? I’m thrilled about the recent restoration but what does the interior actually look like?

AGRoura
AGRoura on June 14, 2010 at 12:21 am

Fred Fajardo: House of of Wax was a Warner Bros. film, it could have not played at the Metro. At the time, the Mtero was owned by MGM and only played MGM movies. Later they obtained the distribution rights in PR for Buena Vista (Disney) and either played them at the Metro or booked them in another theater,m

AGRoura
AGRoura on June 13, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Renewing link.

JSA
JSA on February 5, 2010 at 1:02 am

It’s always great to see pictures of the Metro. Plus the fact that is still open for business, albeit in triplex form, is heart-warming as well. However, it makes me cringe a little bit looking at the titles on the marquee. (Saw VI! Have they made that many? Yikes!)

This is the place where many of my generation saw “2001: A Space Odyssey”, in 70 MM with 6-Track magnetic sound. Oh well, times change!

JSA

jmpomar
jmpomar on March 16, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Great news! The Metro turned 70 this year and it has been refurbished. It is looking great! It is so wonderful to see San Juan’s last great movie house looking fine and still showing movies!

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 19, 2008 at 4:12 pm

Here are new links to images described above on 11/9/07:
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jonasfan888
jonasfan888 on February 8, 2008 at 2:06 am

life.saver.
THANKS!!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 8, 2008 at 1:18 am

Is Puerto Rico on Eastern time? You can still catch Jessica Alba in “The Eye”, starts in about an hour or so.

jonasfan888
jonasfan888 on February 8, 2008 at 12:59 am

can anyone give me the name of a movie currently playing at this theater? thanks!

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 9, 2007 at 4:27 pm

The Metro was typical of a series of elegant cinemas that Thomas W. Lamb (or his firm) designed for the international division of Loew’s, Incorporated. Here are two images copied from a 1938 trade journal. MGM’s Laurel & Hardy feature, “Swiss Miss,” was the current attraction:
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/metrosj01.jpg
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/metrosj02.jpg

cineast
cineast on September 30, 2007 at 7:35 am

Also, the 1976 horror flick “The Sentinel” played at the Metro.

fredfajardo
fredfajardo on August 1, 2007 at 6:33 pm

I remember seeing Vincent Price in “The House of Wax” in 1954 (in 3-D no less), and it scared the shit out of me. I was only six years old at the time. I loved the Metro Theater. Also remember seeing “2001: A Space Odyssey” there in 1969. It was a great place to see a movie.

cineast
cineast on December 7, 2006 at 1:43 am

The Metro was THE movie theatre in San Juan. Art deco facade, big neon sign, mirrored lobby, vast auditorium all draped in red and a big screen made it the ultimate movie going experience. When turned into a triplex, it lost a bit of its grandeur. But lets be thankful it is still standing. Recently it is showing signs of wear and tear, specially in its deco marquee. A good restoration to this architectural gem would do the job. I wonder if it is landmarked. Of the many, many movies that played here when it was a single screen movie house, I remember some like “The Conversation,” “Z,” “Lost Horizon,” Andy Warhol’s “Frankenstein” in 3-D, “On Golden Pond,” Fellini’s “Casanova,” “Lisztomania,” “Eyes of Laura Mars,” “The In-Laws,” “The Tamarind Seed,” “Mahogany,” “Gandhi,” “Amadeus,” “The Rose,” “Fame,” “The Invasion of The Body Snatchers,” “The Champ,” “The Boys From Brazil,” Woody Allen’s “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Mommie Dearest,” “A Wedding,” and “Quest For Fire.” Up until the mid 70’s the Metro had a big, concave rectangular billboard of its current attraction. A touch very much missed during the last thirty years.

skankypepe
skankypepe on August 27, 2005 at 7:25 am

Jose dont you think that instead of protesting the construction of the towers we should be crying out for the extension of the tren urbano and the construction of more efficient means of transportation, which will help revitalize Santurce as an urban center. And perhaps more of the old theathers could be reopened if conditions in Santurce improve. The way i see it the construction of the towers will be helpfull in turning the whole area into a better place

skankypepe
skankypepe on August 22, 2005 at 6:48 pm

thanx it is an amaizing cinema

josem
josem on August 22, 2005 at 6:09 pm

Nice pic of the Metro. It’s amazing to see that this movie is still open.

skankypepe
skankypepe on August 22, 2005 at 4:40 pm

You guys can look at my web page to see 2 pics of the metro…
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josem
josem on June 28, 2005 at 1:23 pm

Today;s local newspaper reports tthat businesspeople in the vicinity of the Metro are protesting the construction of the apartment building which will destroy this theater’s parking space. Hopefully they will be succesful and the Metro will be able to maintian this essentail parking space.

JSA
JSA on April 9, 2005 at 5:34 am

The Metro was probably the most elegant theatre in the area. I remember that during the engagements for “2001: A Space Odyssey”, at the height of the “Space Age”, they had a satellite prop in the lobby!