Cine Fine Arts

654 Ponce de Leon Avenue,
San Juan 00918

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Fine Arts Miramar Reopens

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Built in the late 1960’s as an adults-only theater, it became a controversial place since it was located in the conservative Miramar area. For months, sermons at the area church touched on the topic of the Miramar adults-only theater.

For its early years, it showed soft core porno such as "I Am Curious Yellow"…then it moved into hard core.

Then a funny thing happened, the owner, tired of criticism, changed it to a mainstream theater, but it was a disaster. So it became a hard core porno house again.

As hard core porno moved to video, it became an art house venue. And right now, it is the only place in Puerto Rico where you can see indie movies and art house fare.

Contributed by Jose Mendez

Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

Lai
Lai on April 4, 2006 at 12:33 am

Caribbean Cinemas isnt closing the Miramar Fine Arts. For them, that cinema its a little gold mine and have its own clients that always go there. They have been planning the renovation for a long time but since this is the only fine arts cinema, they cant close it for the renovation period. So they decide to make this new cinema, since they have to renovate the old one and second to have a ‘back-up’ cinema since plaza las americas is always full of clients (since the Cinevista closed its doors). Everyone told me that they will not close the Miramar Fine Arts…but who knows!

Davidsal
Davidsal on May 24, 2006 at 12:05 pm

Does anyone knows if the new Fine Arts will have a Digital Screen like Cine en Ballajá did?

josem
josem on September 16, 2006 at 3:56 pm

I’ve heard there are differences between the Caribbean Cinemas people and the owner of the building and there’s now a big probability that the Fine Arts in Miramar will close down. Let’s hope they do reach an agreement.

AGRoura
AGRoura on June 13, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Sept. 12, 2008 post by ken, the link is about an Imax theater being built in San juan. I emailed Imax Corp. and they responded there were no plans for an Imax in SJ. Anyway, Imax would not compete with Fine Arts, it is a big screen format for certain films. lately used for special prints of mainstream movies including 3D versions. The Fine Arts building is owned by Caribbean Cinemas. It was bought by Caribbean’s president, Victor Carrady and 2 former VPs of Commonwealth Theaters. One of them passed away and don’t know if the estate is still a partner or sold the shares to Caribbean. I don’t know the whereabouts of the other partner. I think he retired to Florida.

laicram
laicram on January 13, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Caribbean Cinemas closed the Fine Arts and is curremtly renovating it. It will have six screens and will be like the new Fina Arts Cafe in Hato Rey.

AGRoura
AGRoura on January 13, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Just came back from San Juan, the Fine Arts is a shell, they even took the roof out to make it higher and accommodate stadium seating in the new auditoriums. It’s a major job and will probably take a while.
Andy Roura

AGRoura
AGRoura on June 24, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Fine Arts Miramar to reopen this Summer. Well, it is Summer already.

http://consumerplanet.blogspot.com/2011/02/fine-arts-cinema-to-reopen-this-summer.html

AGRoura
AGRoura on December 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Miramar Fine Arts will reopen next Thursday, Dec. 15. Can anyone take one or two pictures and post them here? Will appreciate it.

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