Cine Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt Avenue,
San Juan 00918

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Cine Roosevelt

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The Cine Roosevelt is a true wonder. A family owned theater still in business. Located near Eleanor Roosevelt Avenue in San Juan, this theater still draws crowds every weekend for its first-run features. It has been operating since the late-1940’s, originally a single-screen theater, it was twinned in around 2004.

Attending this theater is a great old fashioned experience. The owners still sell tickets and greet you when you arrive and say "We hope you enjoy the feature" when you leave.

Shaped like a plane hangar, the Cine Roosevelt is not a great architectural gem, but its old fashioned charm makes it a priceless treasure.

Contributed by Jose Mendez

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foxmetro on May 12, 2005 at 7:31 am


Was Mr.Sola Ramirez a movie distributor – I never heard his
name – who booked the theatre from 1975 – 1980.


AndresRoura on May 12, 2005 at 7:49 am

Hi, Stephen. I don’t know, I never heard of him until know. When we were in the business the independent distributors were Marti, who also owned a theater in Puerto Nuevo; World Films (Pedro Lopez); Pepito, who handled Rank Films (I forgot his last name); and later you of course. Note to LOS: Thaks for your comment. Do we know each other? Andres.

foxmetro on May 12, 2005 at 8:36 am

Hi Ana:

I was in the film business in Puerto Rico from 1965
to 1981 and never heard of Mr. Sola Rmirez.

Ana, could you elaberate


laicram on May 18, 2005 at 10:13 am

Andy its me…Marcial…you are the man when to movies in Puerto Rico we are talking!

1959PuertoRico on March 14, 2008 at 10:53 am

Actually, Cine Roosevelt now boasts two screens – it was renovated a few years ago. Its shape is not that of a hangar but of a Quoset hut, which belies a possible birth of the structure as a military one, back in the 1940s. Many Quoset huts, their military use long gone, survive to this day in Puerto Rico (one of them employed as a Roman Catholic temple), but Cine Roosevelt is the only example I know of a Quoset hut used as a movie house.

1959PuertoRico on March 14, 2008 at 10:56 am

Slight mistake – it’s Quonset hut.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 7, 2009 at 3:18 pm

The Cine Roosevelt photographed in August 2009;
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AGRoura on June 13, 2010 at 3:06 pm

In pic of Sep. 7 above the theater looks different because of the marquee. I guess the new marquee was added when the theater was twinned. Glad is still operating.

rooseveltdoc on October 28, 2012 at 10:24 am

I am doing a documentary about Cine Roosevelt. If you have any memorabilia or information about Teatros Cobian, the original owners of the cinema, please contact me at

Gaby85 on April 16, 2015 at 2:13 pm

The Roosevelt now shows first run movies. But I recall back in the 90’s the Roosevelt theater was the place to watch old movies.

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