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 16 comments)

josem on September 16, 2006 at 12:56 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.

cineast on September 23, 2006 at 3:48 pm

The year the Miramar Theatre went mainstream I believe was either 1975 or 1976, according to the following lineup that I remember played there during the mid 70’s. “Cabaret,” “Young Frankenstein,” The Reincarnation of Peter Proud,“ "Barry Lyndon,” “The Adventures of Sherlocks Holmes' Smarter Brother,” Fellini’s “Amarcord,” etc. I’m not sure if “Emmanuelle” premiered here or at the Excelsior. I know it played at the Condado Cinema but I don’t think it premiered there. When the Miramar re opened as the Fine Arts with only one screen, Fellini’s “Ginger and Fred” played there, as well as Almodovar’s “High Heels,” “Radio Days,” “Blue Velvet,” “The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and her Lover,” and “Dangerous Liasons.” It added two more theatres. The first theatre is the largest one and it is the old Miramar Theatre intact. Its size was not altered to add the other two small screening rooms. When it was the Miramar, the steps went directly from the sidewalk up to the entrance. It had a long (burgundy, I believe) canopy. For the Fine Arts it was changed to the maze-like steps that are currently there. If you want to know how was the auditorium of the old Miramar Theatre, check out theatre 1 in Fine Arts. It’s all there.

cineast on September 25, 2006 at 4:20 am

The Oscar nominated “Kiss of the Spider Woman” starring William Hurt, Raul Julia, and Sonia Braga premiered at the Fine Arts in 1985 when it still had one screen.

AGRoura on June 13, 2010 at 2:33 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 on January 13, 2011 at 12:27 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 on January 13, 2011 at 3:52 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 on June 24, 2011 at 3:51 pm

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

AGRoura on December 8, 2011 at 9:20 am

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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