Teatro Rialto

269 Calle San Francisco,
San Juan 00901

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This was one of the few movie theaters located in the historic Old San Juan section of the city.

Opened in the 1940’s, it was a pretty impressive building, but the theater featured mostly second run fare. In the mid-1970’s, it became a porno movie house.

It closed down in the late-1970’s and became a Burger King Restaurant.

Contributed by Jose Mendez

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skankypepe
skankypepe on July 9, 2005 at 8:02 pm

A picture of the exterior of the old Rialto theater can be seen at… View link

I am not sure if the building’s extirior was changed much after it became a Burger King, does any one know anything about that?

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 5, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Jose: Any chance of finding that picture and getting it posted again?

BURGER KING
Calle San Francisco #269
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901

That should be in Old San Juan
at the corner of Calle Tanca
by Plaza Salvador Brau

If I can find that all out 40 miles south of Chicago, Illinois, I challenge you folks in Puerto Rico to check that Burger King out and see if you can figure out if it’s the old Teatro Rialto and let us know what you find out and have a hamburger in it’s memory.

AGRoura
AGRoura on March 5, 2010 at 9:45 pm

The Rialto is now and has been for many years a Burger King at San Francisco Street next to La Barandilla steps and the park, which have been in the process of being reconstructed for about 2 years. When Rafael Ramos Cobián owned the San Juan Senadores baseball team, players from the continental USA stayed at an apartment on top of the Rialto. The Burger King is now serving mallorcas for breakfast, and the Burger King in Ponce serves sweet plantains as part of its menu. At least it was serving them a few years ago.

rrstar96
rrstar96 on September 19, 2010 at 3:08 pm

I think the Rialto was a Wometco Commonwealth theater at one time. Is that the case, AGR?

AGRoura
AGRoura on September 20, 2010 at 2:07 am

Yes, rrstar, the Rialto became a Wometco house when Wometco bought Cobian/Commonwealth.

davsot
davsot on August 7, 2011 at 4:52 am

The exterior must have taken an extreme change. :(

Nothing like it was.

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