Cine Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt Avenue,
San Juan 00918

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Cine Roosevelt

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 3:31 pm


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 3:49 pm

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 4:36 pm

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 6:13 pm

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

1959PuertoRico on March 14, 2008 at 5:53 pm

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 5:56 pm

Slight mistake – it’s Quonset hut.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 7, 2009 at 11:18 pm

The Cine Roosevelt photographed in August 2009;
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AGRoura on June 13, 2010 at 11:06 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 5:24 pm

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 10:13 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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