Gonzalez Cinematograph

210 Prado,

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Located in the centre of Havana, the Gonzalez Cinematograph was opened prior to 1908.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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guarina on January 22, 2013 at 8:33 pm

I don’t believe there was ever such a theater. Cinematograuho is not a word, the Fausto was at Prado 201 y Colón, the Negrete was at Prado 207 y Trocadero. It is shown on the street map on the east side of Prado and Animas; #210 would have placed it on the west side of Prado between Colón and Trocadero. The Casino Español was at Prado 302 and Animas. González ends in a z. It isn’t listed in the telephone directory of April, 1958, nor in the 19th Annual edition of the Cuban Cinematographic and Radial Annuary. The Payret was at Prado 507 between San José and Teniente Rey, the “Capitolio” at Prado 563 between Teniente Rey and Dragones. What did open in 1908 was the Gran Teatro Tacón (later Nacional) at Prado 452 y San Rafael.

guarina on June 25, 2013 at 6:05 am

elmorovivo, you seem to know your way around Havana movie theaters. Do you know about this one?

elmorovivo on September 5, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Don’t have a clue about this movie theater. With that name [Cine Gonzalez], I only remember the one in Marianao.

guarina on April 27, 2015 at 2:32 pm

And I found where this originated. The January 16, 1909 issue of The Billboard amusement weekly Volume XXI No. 3 in the Fulton History repository lists it with obvious misspellings and so this imaginary theater was born. If there was ever a movie at that location, it was called Cinematograph, González is spelled with a z, and #210 would have placed it on the west side of Prado between Colón and Trocadero.

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