Ave, Ponce De Leon,
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Built in the 1940’s by Ciruito Teatral Llamas, a local chain of movie theaters. It was a prestigious theater showing first run films.
During the 1960’s and early 1970’s it was the place that exclusively showed all of Columbia Pictures' movies. From "Lawrence of Arabia" to "Oliver!" to "Casino Royale", if you wanted to see a Columbia release on its first run, you had to go to the New Broadway.
In the early 1980’s, it stopped being a showcase for Columbia Pictures and the quality of movies varied a lot. New World Pictures fare such as "Big Bad Mama" started to be commonly shown.
In the mid 1980’s The New Broadway stopped showing movies and it became the Candlelight Theater, showing plays and night club acts. It was pretty succesfull, but the government needed the property to build a highway and the building was torn down. When it was being torn down, a gas line erupted and a fire ocurred during the razing process. It was a very sad sight and a truly unfitting ending to the history of one of San Juan’s best movie theaters.
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