Teatro Puerto Rico
Avenida Ponce de Leon,
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Interesting theater that was part of the Cobian-Wometco theater chain. During the 1960’s and 1970’s, it specialized in horror movies. Many of the Peter Cushing-Christopher Lee-Vincent Price movies played here.
Because of the type of movies it played, the Puerto Rico had some of the coolest (to a ten year old) lobby displays in town. I distinctly remember the one for "Frogs" featuring a giant frog with a human hand sticking out of its mouth. Also the one for "When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth" featuring a life size Victoria Vetri.
During the early 1980’s, the Puerto Rico showed more mainstream fare such as "Rambo". It was one of the last Santurce cinemas to close down, in the late 1980’s.
It was briefly revived in the early 1990’s as a double bill theater, long after this kind of movie house had practically disappeared. It was not a sucessful idea and the Puerto Rico closed down for good.
It was later turned into a disco called Asylum which was a trendy place for a while. Currently its a disco called "EL Teatro". Recently I visited it and the lobby, carpeting was the same as in the former theater. Quite a nostalgic sight.
To this generation, the Puerto Rico theater is a fun place to dance, but to someone growing up in the 70’s, it will always be "the place" to see scary movies.
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