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guarina thank you so much! I have found some more information on the Botta family. The owners of Compañía Exhibidora y Comercial Botta were my great uncles – my grandfathers brothers.
bottam, I don’t know if you’ve gone to the sites: www.cubanasoyyo.over-blog.es/article-el-teatro-aguilera-de-los-hermanos-botta-ii-81308234.html and www.cubanasoyyo.over-blog.es/article-el-fenecer-del-aguilera-84982167.html
bottam, the Aguilera movie theater opened in 1915, was called “the theater of flowers”, it was owned by the Compañía Exhibidora y Comercial Botta, of the brothers Armando, Carlos, Mariano and Enrique Botta. They also owned the Rialto, Martí, Maceo, Victoria, Estrada Palma and Capitolio. Although the Aguilera had the largest seating capacity in Santiago de Cuba, after it burned down in the 70’s, the provincial government said it was going to build a theater 10 times more beautiful, but they later made a park and not mentioned it again, it was erased from history.
Hi – this theatre belonged to my family prior to the rvolution. I am workign on a family history and would love any information about Cine Aguilera or any of the other cinemas in the Botta chain.
It was the bigger theater in Santiago de Cuba with more that 2000 seats.
Cine Aguilera, burned in the 60’s, it was never repaired.