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 second 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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laicram
laicram on May 12, 2005 at 7:19 am

Thats right. If someone knows about movie and movie bussiness in Puerto Rico is Andy Roura! He is the MAN!

foxmetro
foxmetro on May 12, 2005 at 7:31 am

Andy:

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

SS

AndresRoura
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
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

SS

laicram
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
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
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
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
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

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