Teatro Radio City

Calle del Parque,
San Juan

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This theater was the centerpiece of the locally owned Cobian movie theater chain. It was the largest Santurce cinema with a huge main floor and a large balcony. During the 1960’s and 1970’s all of the prestige Hollywood movies played there.

From "Love Story" to "Jaws" to "King Kong" to "Close Encounters", they all played exclusively at the Radio City. It was very common to see long lines at most of shows. Between blockbusters, the Radio City would also play AIP pictures such as " Dr. Phibes" and other Vincent Price- Peter Cushing movies.

In the late 1970’s, the cinemas at Plaza las Americas mall started to draw crowds away from the Radio City and other Santurce cinemas and attendance became low. One of the last movies to play at the Radio City was the "Cat People " remake in 1982.

The Radio City closed down in 1983. It then became a protestant church . In the late 1980’s it was bought by a local entrepreneur who turned it into a place for showing plays and concerts, but the plan was not a success.

The Radio City is now abandoned, awaiting someone with the vision to turn it back to its former glory…

Contributed by Jose Mendez

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

josem on January 3, 2005 at 5:59 pm

The Radio City will be the site for “Objetivo Fama” a Latino “American Idol” type television show that will be shown on TeleFutura, a Univision channel. Good to see the old Radio City open again!!

JSA on January 9, 2008 at 6:30 am

The Radio City was the place to see the James Bond films.
One error in the introduction above: “Close Encounters” played simultaneously at the UA Cinema 150. In fact, the Radio City and the Cinema 150 often screened the same films. For instance, I recall going to the Radio City as an alternative on account of the long lines and sellouts at the 150, including “The Towering Inferno” and “Superman”.


LuisV on June 29, 2008 at 9:41 pm

Does anyone know the current status of this theater?

AGRoura on June 14, 2010 at 1:43 am

Isn’t it a church now?

rrstar96 on September 24, 2010 at 3:24 pm

The Radio City and its next-door neighbor the Excelsior were also owned by Wometco Commonwealth.

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