Cinema Condado

Avenida Ashford,
San Juan

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Cinema Condado

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This small theater opened in the Condado tourist area in the early 1970’s. Right away it specialized in adult movies. From "Emmanuelle" to "Last Tango in Paris" to "Caligula" they all played here. And they would play each movie for months!!!

In the late 1970’s a second screen was opened and it would feature more mainstream fare such as "Manhattan"

In the early 1980’s, with the availability of soft porn on cable tv and videos, the Cinema Condado’s end was inevitable.

From a classy theater showing European movies it ended up a forgotten cinema showing Mexican skin flicks.

The Condado closed down in the mid 80’s and its premises were turned into office space.

Contributed by Jose Mendez

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RichardFowler
RichardFowler on February 3, 2003 at 8:27 am

I remember this cinema due to the very low ceilings in this mixed use apartment and commercial / restaurant space building. Some plans have been thought to include cinemas in this area but real estate pricing and parking are the problems.

foxmetro
foxmetro on March 15, 2005 at 1:01 pm

I was the publicist and did the advertising for the theatre
we it opened and till 1980.

George Dennis built it and booked all of the films that included
Short Eyes, Swept Away and Last Tango in Paris.

Stephen

LUISMEL
LUISMEL on June 15, 2007 at 3:40 pm

I remember it for playing Last Tango in Paris for like about a year I believe it stopped playing it when the goverment intervene after some complaints. I might be wrong, but I remember something like that.

cineast
cineast on April 26, 2008 at 10:32 pm

I remember at least six movies that played here: “A Touch of Class,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Sounder,” “Siddhartha,” “Three Women” and “Caligula.” Others will come to mind.

cineast
cineast on August 27, 2013 at 9:44 pm

The Groove Tube played here too.

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