Cine Lorraine

Ponce de Leon Avenue, Stop 15,
San Juan

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Huge, beautiful old fashioned movie theater located in Stop 15, near Miramar. It was probably built in the 1940’s and featured first run movies.

During the 1960’s it changed to showing B movies and then Spanish language films. Unfortunately during the 1970’s the Cine Lorraine became a sleazy hard core porno movie house featuring live shows between movies. It became a truly notorious place where only the brave dare go.

As hard core porno disappeared from movie houses, the Cine Lorraine closed down and it was later torn down to create parking space.

It’s sad to think that everyone associates the Cine Lorraine with its later, sleazier years. But hopefully a lucky few will always remember it when it was a grand place to see movies.

Contributed by Jose Mendez

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

skankypepe
skankypepe on July 9, 2005 at 9:29 am

does any one know its exact location?

josem
josem on August 26, 2005 at 9:15 am

Ponce De Leon ave-stop 15..there is a huge parking lot there now,

Andres
Andres on December 29, 2005 at 3:56 am

Before the Lorraine became a porno house it played major releases and on Wednesdays they had a preview of the next attraction which you could see as a double bill with the current attraction. Its first wide screen was huge, wall to wall, later they had a smaller wide screen. Shane premiered there, The film was shot in the academy ratio but was cropped at the top and bottom for its releas as a wide screeen film at NY’s Radio City Music Hall. It looked beautiful on the big wide screen the Lorraine had at the time. It was operated at the time by Jack Odell and Victor Carrady, who later became partners with Cobian and formed Commonwealth Theaters. Carrady went on to form Regency Caribbean, now the biggest circuit in PR, when Wometco bought Commonwealth Andres.

RMB
RMB on July 9, 2008 at 5:20 pm

An update of the Cobian – Commonwealth- Wometco -Regency Caribbean and now Caribbean Cinemas the largest Theater Chain working in Puerto Rico and Managed by the son of Mr. Carrady.

segurola
segurola on January 29, 2010 at 2:15 pm

The Lorraine is now (2010) a luxury Condo. It was originally named the Liberty, according to parents. Didn’t ask why or when renamed. Rahola Photo Shop, slso demolished, lied across it. There’s a tasty and cheap criollo BBQ chicken place in front of the inexistent theatre, just waiting to be reappraised.

AGRoura
AGRoura on February 4, 2010 at 12:54 pm

When the Liberty was remodeled and became a first run house it was renamed the Loraine after the daughter of either Victor Carrady or Jack Odell, who operated the theater. It was an independent theater until Carrady and Odell joined forces with Rafael Ramos Cobián and formed Commonwealth Theaters.

AGRoura
AGRoura on June 13, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Renewing link.

rrstar96
rrstar96 on September 17, 2010 at 8:02 am

During its hardcore porn days, the Lorraine would be the target of police raids.

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