Cines Plaza 1 & 2

Plaza Las Americas,
San Juan 00936

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Cines Plaza 1 & 2

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These were the first shopping mall movie theaters in Puerto Rico. They were located at Plaza Las Americas, the island’s biggest mall. Both theaters were huge, but Plaza 1 had the bigger auditorium. In spite of being mall theaters, they were built in the style of huge Cinerama-type theaters. These theaters were very successful and instrumental in drawing people away from the Santurce movie houses. Most of the movies that played here also played in the Santurce area, but moviegoers were becoming attracted by the idea of shopping and going to the movies in one place.

In the 1990’s Cinevista, the theater’s owners, built other more conventional theaters in Plaza Las Americas and the Plaza 1 & 2 were becoming white elephants. They were closed in 1998 and were later torn down to create the island’s first Macy’s store.

Contributed by Jose Mendez

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Jorge
Jorge on November 3, 2009 at 12:39 pm

I was living there in the 80s…why am I remembering being MORE then 2 screens?!? My memory must be fuzzy. I remember seeing the re-release of E.T. at this theater sometime between 1983-1985.

What is the name of the theater curerntly at Plaza Las Americas? I went to see Pixar’s Up there when vacationing & the Digital 3D auditorium’s volume was on FULL blast! I loved every bit of it! I was almost deaf getting out of there!

banchy31
banchy31 on November 10, 2009 at 9:02 am

The name of the current theater at Plaza Las Americas is Caribbean Cinemas, it has 13 auditoriums. Caribbean Cinemas is the biggest and the only movie chain in P.R. They have almost 35 movie theaters around the island, also they have two Fine Arts theaters in San Juan that projects foreigns movies.

AGRoura
AGRoura on June 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Renewing link/

ManuelDauhajre
ManuelDauhajre on September 12, 2010 at 3:53 pm

There is nothing SADDER to the movie loving community than having to accept the fact that Plaza 1 & Plaza 2 are gone the way of the Dodo. The same thing happened to the Laguna Gardens theaters. I cannot begin to try to explain to this generation of movie going people the difference between what they think is good enough and the majestic movie theaters of yesterday. Where are those great minds from the 1970’s that made real those awesome movie theaters? We need you now in 2010!! We need them to show this generation how majestic was the mind of men in the 1970’s and how serious was the business of offering the movie going crowds the best in entertainment.

kishka
kishka on September 26, 2010 at 12:33 pm

I agree Manuel; Plaza I y II and Laguna Gardens were something special.

ManuelDauhajre
ManuelDauhajre on November 21, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Thank you for agreeing with me Kishka. Did you live in San Juan ? You have no idea how I miss the old days of cinema ! :)

negromsn
negromsn on December 21, 2010 at 5:03 am

I was able to enjoy on of the last movie shown on Plaza 1 & 2, Titanic on December 25, 1997 and before that big blockbusters like Superman the Movie, Grease, Back to Future among others. Like it was mentioned before, is a shame that there are no more great theaters like those left to enjoy that kind of blockbusters like we used to.

darkpitch07
darkpitch07 on May 4, 2011 at 10:44 am

When exactly did these theaters opened?

AGRoura
AGRoura on July 22, 2011 at 10:25 am

The theaters opened in 1968. Plaza 1 showed The Odd Couple and Plaza 2 The Thomas Crown Affair as the opening attractions.

decojunkie
decojunkie on October 9, 2013 at 9:49 am

To Cineast, who posted the picture of Plaza Theaters — Muchas Gracias! It’s interesting to note — the corner closest to the camera has “Restaurant Cervantes.” By the cars I date this very early 70’s. By the time I was a movie goer there, in the late 70s, that restaurant was “Restaurant Sancho Panza.” And in the 1979-1980 expansion, that restaurant gave way to a Burger King and other fast-food joints.

But for all those years, the marquee and facade never changed, and I still remember the glow of that signage.

Thank you for the memories… seeing this picture stopped my heart cold, it was almost like seeing a picture of a love long lost..

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